Dr. Jennifer Boddicker is the new president of the Collier County Democratic Club.
At its March 18 meeting, members of the club held their annual elections in which a new president and secretary were added to the ranks of the club’s officers and two new board members were elected.
Boddicker succeeds Greg Gargan, who led the organization for the past six years and stepped down as president.
“I’ve worked with 22 different board members over the last 6 years and oversaw many changes to the club during that time,” he said, noting that membership rose from under 100 in 2013 to over 200 at the end of 2018. “While many of the club’s successes were under my leadership, they couldn’t have been accomplished without the efforts of the dedicated board members and the generous club volunteers who donated countless hours of their time to make the Democratic Party of Collier County what it is today.”
Boddicker, who serves as Government Relations chair for the Collier County Democratic Executive Committee, ran for Florida House of Representative in 2018 in District 80. She is an active member of League of Women Voters, on the Government and Environmental Committees. She is involved with the Solar United Neighbors initiative to promote solar in Collier County. She is also part of a volunteer team interviewing local businesses and community leaders about their concerns related to sea level rise in Collier as part of a $1 million dollar grant awarded to FGCU for this effort, along with enhanced computer modeling of sea level rise impacts.
Before moving to Collier County, Boddicker was an active member of Indivisibles in Palm Beach County, participating and helping to organize protests week after week at Marco Rubio’s office and outside Mar-a-Lago.
Regarding her goals for the club, Boddicker said:
“My vision for the CCDC is to use connections I made running for office to continue hosting good speakers (as Greg has done so beautifully over the years), to continue as a social hub for Democrats (as Dawn Rubin does so well), and to work closely with the DEC to promote and work for Democratic candidates in the coming elections. The new thing I’d like to take on is organizing club activities for environmental causes (such as beach and waterway cleanups) and outreach to underserved communities, including Immokalee and Habitat for Humanity. These efforts will increase the visibility of Democrats and show us living our values in Collier County.”
In other election results, Myrlande Desir was elected as the club’s new secretary. Parliamentarian Dorothy Demarest was unopposed for re-election, and two new board members were elected, Ken Marks and Sandy Bruce.