110 members to be elected to the Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee in August

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.

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More Maduro-Linked Donations to Republicans Emerge: Rhonda Rebman Lopez and Irina Vilariño accepted Tainted Money

Miami-Dade, FL: - Four Republican candidates running in Miami-Dade County have accepted money from disgraced former congressman David Rivera, whose company was paid $15M by Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro's PDVSA oil company, it was revealed in the New York Times yesterday. We've highlighted donations to Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo and District 8 Candidate John Dubois. We now highlight two more GOP candidates who have accepted the tainted Maduro-linked money: 
  • House District 120 candidate Rhonda Rebman Lopez accepted $1,000 in September 2019.
  • Former Congressional District 26 candidate Irina Vilariño accepted $2,800 in December 2019.
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Miami-Dade Democrats Condemn Maduro-Linked Donations to Commission Candidate John DuBois

Miami-Dade, FL: - A bombshell New York Times story yesterday revealed that former Republican congressman David Rivera and his company were paid $15M by Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s PDVSA oil company. Several local Miami-Dade politicians are implicated in this scandal, as David Rivera's company has made donations to both Esteban "Steve" Bovo (who has since announced he will return the tainted money), as well as District 8 Commission Candidate John DuBois. Mr. DuBois has remained silent about the Maduro-linked money.
Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis issued the following statement: 

“John DuBois owes the residents of District 8 an explanation for accepting donations linked to the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro. He must return those funds immediately. Candidate DuBois owes this community an apology for accepting tainted money and for his silence in the face of this scandal.”

Miami-Dade Democrats Condemn Maduro-Linked Donations to Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo's Mayoral Campaign

Miami-Dade, FL: - News broke today that former Republican congressman David Rivera and his company were paid $15M by communist dictator Nicolas Maduro’s PDVSA oil company. The story should concern local residents because Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo’s mayoral campaign has accepted money from Rivera’s company, funded by the Venezuelan dictator.
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Miami-Dade Democrats Join Calls For DeSantis To Accept Federal Funds For Safer Elections During COVID-19 Crisis

MIAMI, FL: The CARES Act included $400 million in election safety grants, with Florida eligible for over $20 million dollars to make our elections safer. Yet, as of May 12, Florida is one of only six states that have not requested these funds.

Calls for accepting the funding continue to mount. Over the last week, Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried and Democratic members of Florida’s congressional delegation have called on Governor Ron DeSantis to request these needed funds.

Steve Simeonidis, chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, urged Governor DeSantis to act to protect Florida voters:

“No one should have to choose between exercising their right to vote and protecting their health. While we are focused every day on educating voters on safe ways to exercise their rights to vote, it is a travesty that the DeSantis administration has not requested the federal funds allocated to Florida to make our elections safer. He must act now.”