As educators, parents, and students struggle with the uncertainties surrounding the 2020-2021 school year, voters will have important decisions to make in the November elections, including deciding the future of the Miami-Dade School Board.
The endorsement process for School Board candidates originated with an invitation to all registered Democrats in the race to send materials for consideration. The materials submitted highlighted the candidates’ personal backgrounds, experience, and their views on key issues of concern to Democratic Party members, including affordable housing, public transit, combating racism, LGBT rights, women’s rights, environmental concerns, and a living wage. A panel of Democratic Party leaders, facilitated by First Vice Chair Maria-Elena Lopez, then interviewed all candidates who responded, and referred their recommendations to the Democratic Party Steering Committee. These recommendations were in turn approved by a supermajority and referred to the larger Democratic Executive Committee, which voted to support the endorsed candidates. This county-wide endorsement is part of an unprecedented year-long effort on the part of Miami-Dade Democrats to engage voters, organize, and ultimately defeat the White House occupant in 2020 and elect Democrats up and down the ticket.Read more
Rhonda Rebman Lopez’s attempt to explain away her Maduro Money exposed her to campaign finance violations
Miami-Dade, FL: - Today, the chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, Steve Simeonidis, filed a formal complaint against Rhonda Rebman Lopez, Republican candidate for Florida House District 120. The complaint alleges that Ms. Rebman Lopez accepted a $1,000 contribution in violation of Florida statute 106.08 which states that “[a] person may not make any contribution through or in the name of another, directly or indirectly, in any election.”Read more
Miami-Dade Democrats Urge Elections Department to Create Drive-though and Walk-up Dropboxes for Vote-By-Mail Dropoff
Miami-Dade, FL: On Monday, June 15, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Steering Committee passed a unanimous resolution calling for the Miami-Dade Elections Department to create drive-through and walk-up dropboxes for voters to deposit completed Vote-By-Mail ballots.
After seeing long lines of voters attempting to cast their votes during the Wisconsin primary and the Georgia primary, it is imperative that Miami-Dade voters are able to cast their ballots in a no-contact manner. We call on the County Commissioners to vote to support this change in order to ensure a more efficient, safe and secure means to cast a ballot during COVID-19 and we call on the Supervisor of Elections to implement it.
After seeing the long lines in Georgia, and with ballots for our August elections being mailed in Mid-July, time is of the essence.
Here are five reasons you should sign up to Vote-By-Mail.
And no, not all of them are to make this guy angry:
Senator Gwen Margolis passed away today, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Senator Margolis served in the Miami-Dade County Commission, in the Florida House, and in the Florida Senate. Over the course of her 42-year career in public office, Senator Margolis championed women’s rights, gay rights, and pushed for social justice, and she became the first female president of the Florida Senate.
If you are reading this, there is still time to qualify to be on the ballot this summer to represent your district within the local Democratic Party!
This August, Miami-Dade county registered Democrats will elect the 110 people to make up the Democratic Executive Committee (DEC). The elections correspond to 55 district designations with a man and woman elected per district.
Committeemen and Committeewomen are expected to organize their designated precincts, and represent constituents within the local Democratic Party.Read more
Legitimate, Peaceful Protest is Protected Under Our Constitution; Trump Should Embrace the First Amendment
Miami-Dade County, FL: Reports emerged Monday that Attorney General William Barr would be sending Federal riot teams to Washington DC and Miami. Instead of condemning the racist violence that started the nationwide protests, Donald Trump has encouraged division, instigated violence, and threatened protesters with shooting. Today, he urged governors to “dominate” protesters and give anyone arrested at these protests a 10-year jail sentence.
Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis drew a parallel between Trump’s behavior and the Latin American dictatorships from which many residents of South Florida fled.
“For many Miami-Dade residents who fled dictatorships in Latin America, Donald Trump’s behavior is an awful reminder of what they left behind,” said Steve Simeonidis, Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. “When Donald Trump attacks the press, and calls them ‘fake news,’ when Donald Trump claims that his authority to re-open states is ‘total,’ when Donald Trump threatens violence on peaceful protesters, when Donald Trump calls his political opponents ‘scum,’ and retweets videos that say ‘The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat,’ he is acting like a ‘caudillo,’ or a ‘demagogue strongman’—the kind of leader from whom many in South Florida have fled. We can’t allow another four years of Donald Trump’s chaos and authoritarian impulses.”