Miami-Dade Democrats Call on County to Expand Voting Opportunities

MIAMI-DADE, FL: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party unanimously passed a resolution at its General Body meeting on September 15th calling on Miami-Dade County to dramatically expand voting opportunities. The resolution was sponsored by the Miami-Dade Democratic Party’s General Counsel, Marc Burton.

The resolution calls on Miami-Dade County to add as many secure Vote-by-Mail drop boxes as possible, with a goal of doubling the number of existing drop boxes to 66 locations spread across the county. Adding secure Vote-by-Mail drop boxes will relieve pressure on postal deliveries and reduce crowding at the polls, benefiting the health and safety of voters and poll workers alike.

The resolution also calls for 24-hour drop boxes to be made available in Miami-Dade County, as they are in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. 

The resolution states that all drop boxes should remain in place for voters to use from the beginning of Early Voting through the end of voting on Election Day. During the August primary, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Voter Protection Team encountered many voters who thought they could drop their ballots off at Early Voting sites on Election Day, only to discover that the drop boxes had been removed. As a result, a significant number of ballots were never returned. We believe the county should eliminate this cause for confusion by making it easy for voters to safely and securely drop off their Vote-by-Mail ballots at secure drop boxes all the way through Election Day at the same locations that are available during Early Voting.

The resolution reflected the Miami-Dade Democratic Party’s firm belief that Miami-Dade County should add as many Early Voting sites as possible during this election and in all other elections in the future. For the 2020 General Election, the county should add the AmericanAirlines Arena as an Early Voting location.

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Miami-Dade Democrats Endorse Luisa Santos for School Board, District 9

MIAMI-DADE, FL: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has endorsed Luisa Santos for School Board in District 9. 

Ms. Santos moved to Miami from Bogota, Colombia when she was eight and thanks to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, was speaking fluent English by nine. During her junior year at Coral Reef Sr. High, Luisa discovered she was undocumented. She persisted — starting her higher education at Miami Dade College and eventually becoming a proud U.S. citizen. 

Luisa worked in President Obama’s U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC while completing her studies in Political Economy and Education at Georgetown University. She knows teachers and school staff can change lives —  she saw it first hand teaching 4th graders and leading a mentoring and advocacy literacy program for historically underserved 3rd graders. Luisa eventually came home to Miami to launch her own business, Lulu’s Ice Cream, through which she has reimagined what students can learn in the workplace.

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Miami-Dade Democrats Condemn Racism and Antisemitism in El Nuevo Herald

MIAMI-DADE, FL: On September 11, 2020, El Nuevo Herald printed an insert called “Libre” filled with vile, racist and anti-semitic claims. Among the many disgusting comments included in this insert were comparisons of American Jews to Castro’s “New Men,” accusations that American Blacks had betrayed Martin Luther King, and much more. While the publisher has apologized for these statements, leaders from Miami-Dade Democratic Party believe that the publisher must do much more to repair its relationship with the community.

Miami-Dade Democratic Party First Vice Chair Maria Elena Lopez stated, “Not only did El Nuevo Herald fail to vet the content of this insert in its pages, but they also failed to alert readers to its status as a paid advertisement. The readers of El Nuevo Herald were subjected to several pages of pro-Trump, racist garbage denigrating African Americans and Jews. This is an embarrassment to our vibrant, Miami-Dade communities and to the pluralistic society that we wish to see in our country. We condemn the statements that appeared in the pages of El Nuevo Herald and we call on the publisher of the paper to end their relationship with Libre and print a full and complete retraction.”

Democratic Executive Committee Member Jane Moscowitz added, “It is our obligation to speak out and condemn racism and antisemitism when we see it. El Nuevo Herald has done considerable damage to our community and the publisher must do more than simply apologize on Twitter.”    


 

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Miami-Dade Dems Announce Major Ad Buy, Release Second TV Spot in County Mayor’s Race

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Miami-Dade, Fla. - Today, the Miami-Dade Dade Democratic Party released its second television ad in the County Mayor’s race titled “Vision.” The ad will be backed by a $250,000 Spanish & English broadcast and cable buy to share Daniella Levine Cava’s vision with Miami-Dade voters.

Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis shared, “In this defining moment in time, we need leaders like Daniella Levine Cava who will lead with vision and integrity. Daniella has led on critical issues her entire life and this election is a unique opportunity for Miami-Dade voters to elect a Mayor who will lead with science to get us through the pandemic and take on climate change with action. She will ensure access to healthcare is a right, especially as residents face the ongoing threats of a virus that is ravaging our neighborhoods. She’s running for Mayor because she wants to bring transparency, accountability, and progress to the Mayor’s office, and we will continue to invest resources so Miami-Dade residents hear directly from her.”

Miami-Dade Democratic Party First Vice Chair Maria Elena Lopez shared, “Miami-Dade voters are excited to elect Daniella Levine Cava because her vision for our County resonates with our community– her decades of experience, advocacy for every working family, and her willingness to bring people together, not divide us, sets her apart. We are proud to share her message  and help make history this November!”

To view the English version, use the following link:

To view the Spanish version, use the following link:

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Corrupt Carlos: At it AGAIN

Another big contract for Corrupt Carlos’s cronies - Miami-Dade County bears the costs

MIAMI -– A shocking new report shows Corrupt Carlos gave a $368 million county contract that he has deep ties to.

“Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are going to Carlos’ friends and donors...again. This crooked deal confirms what we already knew: Carlos has been using his position for personal benefit at the detriment of the needs of his constituents,” said Steve Simeonidis, Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. “There is no place for this kind of self-serving exploitation in Congress or in Miami-Dade County.”

Highlights from the Miami New Times' explosive report:

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