MIAMI-DADE, FL: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has endorsed Commissioner Eileen Higgins for re-election to the Board of County Commissioners in District 5.
Eileen Higgins was elected on June 19th, 2018 to serve as the County Commissioner for District 5, a district that includes parts of Miami Beach, Downtown, and Brickell as well as Coral Way neighborhoods like the Roads, Silver Bluff, and Shenandoah — along with Little Havana and West Flagler to the north. Commissioner Higgins has fought for resiliency in the face of a changing environment, common sense gun reforms to keep us safe, and programs that afford everyone an equal shot at the American Dream. From more reliable transportation to sea level rise, from affordable housing to better paying jobs, she is a champion for the policies that help everyone in our community succeed.
“Commissioner Eileen Higgins has done a fantastic job representing District 5 on the Board of County Commissioners,” said Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis. “District 5 has stark inequality, which is why she has fought for more than 3600 units of affordable housing, the expansion of bus rapid transit, and helped create the $25 million Miami RISE Small Business Revolving Loan Fund. And we are proud that she created and funded Miami-Dade County’s first-ever LGBTQ Advisory Board.”
The endorsement process for the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, District 5 seat 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, 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 Commissioner Higgins. 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.
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