Miami-Dade Democratic Party To Host Gubernatorial Forum with Candidates Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried, Annette Taddeo in Attendance

Legendary Miami Journalist Jim DeFede Set To Moderate the Candidate Forum on May 28 at North Miami Beach’s Julius Littman’s Performing Arts Theater


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: Today, Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Robert Dempster announced that the Miami-Dade Democratic Party would be hosting a candidate forum with the three Democratic candidates for governor, Congressman Charlie Crist, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried and State Senator Annette Taddeo. 

He also announced that longtime Miami journalist Jim DeFede will moderate the event. The forum, hosted at the City of North Miami Beach’s historic Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 6 PM. The event is free and open to the public, who are encouraged to reserve seats at this link.

Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Robert Dempster stated:

“I am thrilled that all of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates have agreed to participate in this important Miami-Dade forum. They all know that Miami-Dade County’s future will be brighter with a Democrat in the governor’s mansion. They also know that the path to a Democratic governor in 2022 runs directly through Florida’s most populous, and most diverse county. I look forward to an event where Miami-Dade Democrats can hear directly from these three outstanding public servants.”

Congressman Charlie Crist stated:

“For too long, Miami-Dade has been the County that this governor has used for photo ops and press conferences to inflame his phony culture wars. Miami-Dade residents deserve a governor who sees and respects this county as the economic and cultural powerhouse that it is, not a grievance factory in Governor DeSantis’s drive to become president. I look forward to this forum hosted by the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, so we can talk about the real issues facing Miami-Dade and our state, and I thank the organizers for hosting this important event.”

Commissioner Nikki Fried stated:

"I am honored to join the Democratic Executive Committee, Clubs and Caucuses of South Florida and participate in this important forum in Miami-Dade County. It's a privilege to welcome people from across our great state to the place I've always called home. Our governor has spent his term pitting us against one another rather than serving as a unifying force for good. The melting pot of Miami-Dade County is the perfect location to demonstrate how we divine our strength from our differences. I want you to know that I will be a governor that celebrates every Floridian, no matter what we look like, no matter what language we speak at home, how we worship, or who we love.”

State Senator Annette Taddeo stated:

“As the former Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and a longtime state committee woman from Miami-Dade, I am especially proud to participate in this forum hosted by my home county party. Miami-Dade County is critical to Democrats' success in 2022. In 2020 we saw the worst vote collapse in Miami Dade in history, in 2016 Democrats won Miami-Dade by 23%, in 2018, 17% and in 2020 by a mere 8%. As the first Latina Democrat State Senator in Florida’s history and the first Hispanic Jew elected to the legislature representing a +6 Trump seat, if we want to win in Florida it's imperative we widen the margin in Miami-Dade County. I thank the organizers of this forum for putting a spotlight on Miami-Dade County as we work to restore fairness, honesty and decency to the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee.” 

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