Ariel Sepulveda Hired as Miami-Dade Democratic Party’s Field Director

Experienced Voter Turnout Organizer begins this week

Miami, FL: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has hired community organizer and student power network program manager Ariel Sepulveda, as its new Field Director.

An organizing director for several Florida campaigns, Sepulveda grew up in Homestead, Florida before receiving a bachelor of liberal arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Returning to South Florida, she worked as the Organizing Director for Engage Miami where she coordinated voter registration and get out the vote efforts at college campuses and universities throughout Miami for several national, state and local elections.

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Miami-Dade organizer and former Obama Appointee Patrick Hidalgo passes away

Patrick Hidalgo was a beloved son, brother, and friend. He was also an entrepreneur, organizer and activist. He passed away Monday, March 2nd, 2020.

Patrick served as the Obama campaign’s Florida Hispanic Vote Director in 2008 and then served as a Presidential Appointee for President Obama for three years, including his last role directing the White House Business Council.

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Hey Miami: Early voting for the 2020 Presidential Primary has begun

Early voting for the Presidential Preference Primary in Miami-Dade County started on Monday, March 2. You can vote early at any early voting location in Miami-Dade County. Are you Election Ready? You can see a full list of early voting locations below. Here are the dates and times:

  • Monday, March 2 - Friday, March 6 (7 am to 3 pm)
  • Saturday, March 7 - Sunday, March 8 (8 am to 4 pm)
  • Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13 (11 am to 7 pm)
  • Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 15 (8 am to 4 pm)

Or you can wait to weigh in on the Democratic Party's nominee for president on Tuesday, March 17. 

Because Florida is a closed primary state, only registered Democrats will be able to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary. If you're registered with any party other than the Florida Democratic Party or as a no party affiliated (NPA) voter, the deadline has passed to change your party affiliation, but you may want to update to participate in local primaries in August.

If you want to receive a Vote-By-Mail ballot for the Presidential Preference Primary, make sure to request one here by March 7.

If you're already registered to vote as a Democrat, then you're all set—but don't stop there!

Because Vote-By-Mail ballots were printed some time ago, they include the names of some candidates who are no longer running for president. As of March 2, 2020, the following candidates are still in the race for president:

  • Joe Biden
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Elizabeth Warren

And of course, two days before the Florida primary election, on Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party will be holding our Blue Forum and Fair. There will be booths for meet and greets with Democratic candidates and organizations that share our values; as well as food and a cash bar. Later in the day, there will be a Mayoral Forum featuring several Democratic candidates for county mayor.

We will be seeing many more presidential candidates in Florida at this time, so stay tuned for details about special guests at this convention.

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Blue Forum & Fair - March 15, 2020

UPDATE:

Due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus in large groups, this event has been indefinitely postponed. Please stay tuned for further details.

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Two days before the Florida primary election, Democrats from across Miami-Dade will gather in the city of Doral, the same city of Donald Trump's luxury golf resort he has suggested for the next G7 summit.

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party will be holding our Blue Forum and Fair. There will be booths for meet and greets with Democratic candidates and organizations that share our values; as well as food and a cash bar. Later in the day, there will be a Mayoral Forum featuring several Democratic candidates for county mayor.

We will be seeing many more presidential candidates in Florida, so stay tuned for details about special guests at this convention.

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Florida Bar Opens Investigation Following Miami-Dade Democratic Party Complaint Against Rep. Matt Gaetz

Florida Bar officials state "A file has been opened."

Miami, FL: Responding to an official complaint against U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz from the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, the Florida Bar stated that it is "aware of the issue you reported and is taking appropriate measures. A file has been opened."

The response stems from a complaint filed by Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis accusing Rep. Gaetz, a (future former) Florida lawyer, of improper, unethical and unprofessional behavior. The complaint specifically references when Gaetz broke into a secure, compartmented information facility during the House of Representatives' impeachment hearings.

"I am pleased to see that the Florida Bar is taking this matter seriously and that a file has been opened into Gaetz's unprofessional, unethical and improper behavior. Gaetz’s actions are a danger to national security and an embarrassment to Floridians and we hope this investigation will have a swift and just conclusion."

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