About 25 Democrats in Key West gathered at Shanna Key, an Irish pub, to watch the debate.
Bert Sise is chairwoman of the Democratic Party in Monroe County.
She was watching to see the candidates address a couple issues in particular.
"Climate change for sure. For sure. Because all of our lives in South Florida are going to be impacted by what happens in the next couple of decades," she said.
While the spotlight was on the candidates Wednesday evening, Sise says local party members have an important role to play in the election and in national politics.