Chair: Steve Simeonidis (until 7/31/2021) - [email protected]
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Steve moved down South to attend law school at the University of Miami. He's now lived in Miami for more than a decade and is proud to call it his home. He is an accomplished corporate, civil litigation, and elections attorney who, for much of his career, oversaw all transactional affairs and litigation for a 700-employee company and its insure-tech subsidiary. He is currently a partner at a Downtown Miami law firm. Steve has volunteered his time as an attorney for various Democratic groups and candidates and sits on the Miami-Dade Commission on Human Rights, a quasi-judicial body responsible for adjudicating appellate level human rights claims. He is also a member of the Democratic National Committee and Co-Chair of the Florida Democratic Party Rules Committee. Prior to becoming Chair of the Miami Dade Dems, he served as it’s General Counsel and was the President of the Miami-Dade Young Democrats. Steve is a proud dog dad to two senior beagles and will one day retire and run a rescue center for senior pups.
First Vice Chair: Maria Elena López - [email protected]
Maria Elena Lopez has been involved with the local party since 2008 as a volunteer, organizer and spokesperson during the presidential campaigns. In 2016, she was named Chair of the Issues Committee, creating working groups that addressed pertinent issues affecting the local community. Maria-Elena was elected First Vice Chair in 2018 where she served as a sounding board for clubs and caucuses and was the Chair of the Endorsement Committee. With her reelection in 2020, she has committed to continue initiatives to increase the voter base through grassroots efforts and target Latino voters with messaging that explains and clarifies the party’s platform. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French, a Guardian ad Litem, former president of Benefactors of Ecuador, a Licensed Real Estate Broker and commercial property manager.
State Committeewoman: Annette Taddeo
The daughter of an American World War II and Korea fighter pilot veteran and a Colombian mother, Senator Annette Taddeo put herself through college and has lived the American Dream. She is the small business owner of LanguageSpeak, a successful language services company that offers translations in over 240 languages for over 20 years.
Senator Taddeo has a long history of Democratic Party leadership at the local, state and national level. She served as the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair from 2012 to 2014, when she revitalized the party with the goal of electing Democrats throughout the county and founded the Blue Gala, a very successful annual fundraising event that lives on today. From 2013 to 2016 she was an Elected DNC member and Vice Chair of the FDP, served on the Executive Committee of the DNC, was the DNC Hispanic Caucus Chair for all southern states and led the founding of the DNC Small Business Owners Council.
Annette is a frequent TV & Radio political commentator on national and state issues and has hosted her own Sunday political show on CNN latino called Taddeo2Day. In 2014 she was the 1st. Latina in the state of Florida to run statewide when she was selected as Governor Charlie Crist running-mate for Florida Lt. Governor. The Crist/Taddeo ticket was one of the closest Governors races in the country that cycle, coming
within 1% when they overwhelmingly won the Hispanic Vote and made history by winning the Cuban-American vote.
In 2017, in a huge upset with national implications, Annette was elected State Senator for District 40. It was the first time in Florida’s history that a Democrat flipped a seat from red to blue in a special election, as well as the first time voters sent a Latina Democrat to serve in the Florida Senate. She was subsequently re-elected to a full 4-year term in 2018.
State Committeeman: William Byatt - [email protected]
After activating into politics during the 2016 election cycle, William has been a relentless voice for progressive issues in the community and grassroots-oriented reforms within the Democratic Party. He was a founding board member of the People's Progressive Caucus of Miami-Dade before joining the leadership in the Miami-Dade Young Democrats. He became Treasurer of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party in 2017 and State Committeeman in 2020, and his dearest dream is to have a wild kitten farm.
Vice Chair of Outreach: Robert Dempster
Vice Chair of Programs: open seat
Committee Chairs and Steering Level Leadership
General Counsel - Marc Burton
Parliamentarian - Francis Ragoo
Sergeant-at-Arms - Deltravis Williams
Credentials Committee Chair - Venusmía Fernandez Lovely <[email protected]>
Affirmative Action Committee Chair - Kevin Chambliss
Voter Registration Committee Chair - Marybeth Prusher <[email protected]>
Issues Committee Chair - William Byatt (acting) <[email protected]>
Interfaith Committee Chair - Lynda Raheem
Finance Committee Co-Chairs - Veronica de Zayas and Shed Boren
Membership Committee Co-Chairs - Travon Pierre and Rosa Elera
Legislative Liaison - Nancy Lawther
Interclub Council Chair - Norman Hodge
Labor Committee Co-Chairs - Janice Coakley and Nucleus Sheldon
Communications Committee Chair - Allison Sardinas <[email protected]>
Rules and Bylaws Committee Chair - David Geller
Voter Protection Committee Chair - Wayne Brody <[email protected]>
Campaign Committee Chair - Javi Estevez <[email protected]>