Every Duval Democrat Urged to Pay $1, Join League

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Duval County Democrats launched a Cox-Roosevelt League seeking at least 8,000 members in Jacksonville.

Its first aim was to record the greatest Democratic vote in Duval history for the presidential ticket of James M. Cox and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Secondly was to develop a cadre of speakers and political workers to carry the message outside the Solid South.

"The speakers of the South are not needed in the Solid South," The Florida Times-Union said, "and they also are classed as among the best speakers in the country."

The membership fee to join the Cox-Roosevelt League was set at $1. "This is regarded as being within the reach of all," the paper said.

E.P. Owen was corresponding secretary of the league. He was expected to to post "thousands" of letters over the following three months.

Every Democrat in Duval County was seen as a potential member of the league, which was described as being among the first, if not the first, in the United States.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Cary Hardee urged all other counties in the state to set up Cox-Roosevelt leagues such as Duval County's.

"It is now realized by the Democratic leaders that members of the party in this part of the country must turn out in force and vote in the national elections," the Times-Union said. …