July 9 Newsletter: Our Endorsements for August

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Dear Friends —

On Tuesday, we held a special Democratic Executive Committee meeting to make endorsements in key races being held this August 18. We’re now just days away from ballots being mailed for the August election, and weeks away from the start of early voting. Read on to see our endorsements.Make sure you’re signed up for Vote-By-Mail. Florida is becoming an epicenter for COVID infections due to the botched response and poor planning of our governor, Ron DeSantis and our County Mayor, Carlos Gimenez. Democracy doesn’t stop during a pandemic, and the safest way to protect your health and your right to vote is to sign up to vote from home. Click here to check that you’re signed up: www.checkmyballot.miami. If you need to sign up, you can sign up here: www.votefromhome.miami. And if you need to register to vote, or update your address, click here: www.registertovote.miami

Our Endorsements:

Our Endorsement for Property Appraiser: Marisol Zenteno

“Marisol Zenteno is exactly the type of accomplished, forward-looking professional we need running the Miami-Dade Office of Property Appraiser,” said Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis. Read more here.

Our Endorsement for Board of County Commissioners, District 7: Cindy Lerner

“Mayor Lerner has a track record of creating change and advocating for the most vulnerable in our society,” said Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis. Read more here.

Our Endorsement for Re-Election to the Board of County Commissioners, District 5: Eileen Higgins

“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. Read more here.

Our Endorsement for Board of County Commissioners, District 11: Robert Asencio

“Western Dade deserves someone working for them in County government who will confront the threat of coronavirus head-on and push for better testing, better contact tracing and better guidelines so businesses aren’t operating in an atmosphere of uncertainty,” said Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis. “That’s exactly the type of leadership we can expect from Robert Asencio.” Read more here.

Our School Board Endorsements in School Board Districts 3, 5, 7, 9: Lucia Baez-Geller, Dr. Mara Zapata, Dr. Marie-Flore Lindor Latortue, Dr. Nancy Lawther

As educators, parents, and students struggle with the uncertainties surrounding the 2020-2021 school year, voters will have important decisions to make in the August elections, including deciding the future of the Miami-Dade School Board. Read more here.

Mark Your Calendars for the Digital Blue Gala – July 28, 29, 30

The Digital Blue Gala is coming up! Mark your calendars for three nights where we celebrate the causes near and dear to our hearts as Democrats, culminating in a special Thursday evening entertainment gala. 

Interested in hearing more about the Blue Gala and how you can be involved as a sponsor or a volunteer? Reach out to us and we will be happy to schedule a phone call and send you more information.

Help Us Make Phone Calls

We still need volunteers to make phone calls to voters to make sure they have a safe way to vote.

Sign up for a phone bank shift below:

Saturday, July 11, Phone Bank TRAINING

Saturday, July 11, Phone Bank

Wednesday, July 15 Phone Bank Training with Miami-Dade Dems

Wednesday, July 15 Phone Bank with Miami-Dade Dems

And you can always see these events and much more at www.miamidadedems.org/events.

Day of Action to Support Franccesca Cesti-Browne

Franccesca Cesti-Browne is our Democratic nominee running to flip Florida House District 115. Join us for a joint day of action to support her campaign. Sign up here to make some phone calls: https://www.mobilize.us/franccescaforflorida/event/286775/

Postcards to voters

Not comfortable on the phones? We also have an extensive postcard writing campaign, and we have many more postcards to get through. If you’re interested in joining the program, you can make a donation for a postcard packet for $10, and it comes with 25 postcards, a list of addresses, and postage included. You can make a donation on our website here, and arrange for contactless pickup with our Field Director, Ariel Sepulveda.

Friday, 7/10/20, 5:30 p.m., Latinos Con Biden Caravana Contra Trump.


Trump is coming to Miami this Friday. 45 and his administration continuously attack Latinos and immigrants across America and now suggested communities like Little Havana have no value.


Show support for our next President who has always and will continue to care about our families and lift up our immigrant communities Joe Biden!


Sign up for the Voter Protection Team One of the missions that we have in the Miami-Dade Democratic Party is to protect the right of our citizens to vote. The Miami-Dade Democratic Party’s Voter Protection Committee, chaired by Wayne Brody is looking for volunteers to help with this mission. We don’t know what in-person voting will look like in August or November, but we do know that we need lawyers, activists, and problem solvers to help recruit, work the polls, and troubleshoot remotely. If you are up to joining the fight to save the vote, click here to sign up

In The News:

Our Statement Condemning the Hateful Remarks of the Trump Campaign Toward Cuban Americans:

In response to the hateful remarks of Giancarlo Sopo, Trump’s Rapid Response Director, who remarked that “Old Cubans should be prohibited from having political opinions,” and the quotation from Katie Miller who denigrated Little Havana, our Chair Steve Simeonidis said, “We are a nation of immigrants and Cuban Americans are an important part of our political discourse…. We reject those comments, just as we will reject Trump in November.” Read the full statement here.

Become a Sustaining Donor

I can’t thank all of our sustaining donors enough for stepping up and pitching in a small amount each month. These sustaining donations allow us to plan the programs that will drive up voter turnout across our county. We couldn’t run our field program or our digital program without your support. 

Can you become a sustaining donor of $7$10, or $20.20 today?

We know this is a tough time for many of us right now, so please know we appreciate you staying involved in any way that you can. Thank you for all you do.


Christopher Richmond
Executive Director

Miami-Dade Democratic Party

Coronavirus Resources: We’ve collected resources on drive-through testing, grocery store hours, unemployment and small business aid and more here at miamidadedems.org/covid.  

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