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Press Release: Ethics Complaint filed against Representative Plasencia regarding Residency

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May 13th, 2015



GOP lawmaker may have violated state law by falsely claiming to live in HD 49

Orlando, FL ­​- R​epresentative Rene Plasencia (R­-Orlando)​ will soon have to answer to the Florida Commission on Ethics. One of his constituents from House District 49, Jimmy Auffant, a founding member of the Young Democrats of Orange County Advisory Board, filed a complaint with the commission alleging that Plasencia still does not live in the district he currently represents in the Florida House in violation of statutory residency requirements on lawmakers. According to the complaint, Plasencia and his spouse currently live outside the district in a ​home they own ​in suburban Winter Park­­ an area represented by R​epublican Mike Miller (R­-Orlando).​ P​ublic records ​indicate that the address used by Plasencia to establish residency in the district he was elected to serve, is a​ctually the homestead residence of his father.​

“Rep. Plasencia was elected by a razor thin margin to represent the people of House District 49. How can he possibly represent our community if he doesn’t even live here?”, s​aid Jimmy Auffant who filed the complaint and serves as Secretary of the Florida Democratic Party. “​Plasencia really has no interest in being a voice for the people in our area. Less than 6 months after the election and he’s already declared his candidacy for another district so he never has to be accountable to the voters who elected him.”

Last month Plasencia f​iled paperwork to run for HD­-50​ in 2016, a safer Republican leaning district that stretches out to Brevard county. But this isn’t the first time he’s played musical chairs with legislative districts. In 2013, h​e told Sunshine State News ​he’d file to run in HD­47 against the former incumbent D​emocrat Linda Stewart.​ Plasencia lived in the district at the time, but may have never left according to the complaint.

“Rene Plasencia is more interested in finding the next district to run in, than actually serving the voters he claims to represent. After so many broken promises on health care, women’s reproductive rights, and gun safety voters should are left wondering­­ Who does Rene Plasencia really represent in Tallahassee?” ­​Jimmy Auffant, Florida Democratic Party Secretary

The Young Democrats of Orange County applaud and support Mr. Auffant’s courage to speak up.

“All Floridians deserve to have a voice in the State House so it is terrible that Plasencia would put his own political career above his constituents.” said Michelle Stile, President of the Young Democrats of Orange County .

**For more information and supporting documents on the complaint, please contact Orange Democrats at

Press Release: Young Democrats of Orange County endorse the RenewFYD candidates slate for Florida Young Democrats election

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Press Release: Young Democrats of Orange County endorse the RenewFYD candidates slate for Florida Young Democrats election

The Young Democrats of Orange County endorse and call upon fellow Young Democrats around the state of Florida to vote for the RenewFYD candidates.

“We believe the RenewFYD slate has the brightest up and coming political minds in the state of Florida. Together they hope to provide support and resources for local chapters to build their membership while promoting the development of young Democrats interested in learning more about campaigns and one day running for office. They believe in focusing on municipal elections in every county and building a bench for young Democrats in Florida. Their ultimate goal is to provide much needed transparency and communication from the executive board to the local chapters.” said Michelle Stile, President of the Young Democrats of Orange County.

“A choice for RenewFYD is clear as they will strengthen and create the best opportunity for Young Democrats eager to participate and build membership for each chapter. With this renewed focus on organizational building, we can count on adding new leaders who will ensure our party’s success,” said Cliff Davy, Vice President of the Orange County Young Democrats.

The Florida Young Democrats will hold their annual convention and elections this weekend April 24-25 in South Florida.

The RenewFYD slate includes members of Young Democrats of Orange County, including Kelly Quintero, Former President of the Young Democrats of Orange County, board member for the New Leaders Council of Orlando and Communications Director for the Orange County Tax Collector. Kelly is running for Executive Vice President for the Florida Young Democrats.

“RenewFYD will focus on municipal elections in every county that will provide the opportunity for us to empower young Democrats in Florida and create the future leaders of Florida,” said Kelly Quintero.

“To prepare the next generation of Democratic leaders is at the core of our vision for the Florida Young Democrats,” said Ali Kurnaz, Former Vice President of the Young Democrats of Orange County, and RenewFYD candidate for South Central Regional Director. “It’s no secret that the Democratic Party is lacking a capable bench to secure electoral victories. We have a comprehensive plan to tackle this leadership gap.”

RenewFYD mission: RenewFYD believes in empowering Young Democrats with the required campaign trainings and resources to mobilize the future leaders of the Florida Democratic Party.

The slate of RenewFYD is:
Ricky Nettina -President
Kelly Quintero -Executive Vice President
Jenny Busby -Chief Financial Officer
Rob McCracken -Secretary
Regional Directors
Ali Kurnaz – South Central
Darren Mason, Sr – Northeast
Laila Abdelaziz – Tampa Bay
Gonzalo Vizcardo – Southeast

The platform of the RenewFYD ticket includes:

Promise #1: Rebuild FYD finances to support local chapters with resources to build stronger candidates and activists
Promise #2: Offer training sessions to chapters to develop & encourage young Dems to become political and run for office
Promise #3: Focus on municipal elections and provide resources for young Democrats to manage a campaign or run for office in their area
Promise #4: Highlight local and state issues affecting Floridians while educating and advocating in Tallahassee during FYD lobby days
Promise #5: Increase transparency & communication between the executive board and chapters while ensuring we provide meeting minutes and events details as soon as possible

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