Miami-Dade Democrats Make Multiple Endorsements in County and Municipal Races

MIAMI-DADE, FL: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has made multiple endorsements in County races as well as in the Town of Cutler Bay, the City of North Miami Beach and the City of Sunny Isles Beach. 

At the County level: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party voted to endorse Representative Kionne McGhee for County Commissioner for District 9. Rep. McGhee is the outgoing Democratic Leader of the Florida House. 

At the School Board level: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party voted to endorse Luisa Santos for School Board in District 9. The Party had previously endorsed, during the August 18th Primary Election, Lucia Baez-Geller for School Board in District 3, and Dr. Mara Zapata for School Board in District 5.

In the Town of Cutler Bay: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has voted unanimously to recommend Michael Callahan for the position of Vice Mayor of Cutler Bay. 

In the City of North Miami Beach: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has made several endorsements. The Party voted overwhelmingly to endorse Bruce Kusens for Mayor. The Party also made recommendations to endorse two incumbent City Commissioners: McKenzie Fleurimond in Group 5, and Michael Joseph in Group 7.

In the City of Sunny Isles Beach: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party has endorsed two sitting City Commissioners for re-election: Larisa Svechin in Seat 1, and Dana Goldman in Seat 3.

Statement from Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis:

“We are thrilled to support these leaders in races across Miami-Dade County. These are leaders who have shown they are strong advocates for the residents of their communities, they support our Democratic values, and more importantly, they are willing to take a stand for those values.”

Statement from Miami-Dade Democratic Party First Vice Chair and Chair of the Endorsement Committee, Maria-Elena Lopez:

“Municipal races often do not get the same attention that national or state level races do but as I told all of the candidates we interviewed during this process, we view the municipal offices they hold to be just as important as Federal or State offices. It will be our municipal officials who will make sure city services are running well and that residents and employees in our cities are treated with dignity and respect. I am proud of all of these candidates for running and representing our values so strongly at such an important level of government.”

The endorsement process for these County and municipal races originated with our 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. An Endorsement Committee chaired by First Vice Chair Maria-Elena Lopez and comprised of Democratic Party leaders, 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 all of these County and municipal 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.

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