We had a great time in South Miami and Coral Gables knocking on doors for Javier Fernandez who is on his way to becoming the next Florida House Representative for 114. Election Day is May 1, 2018. Need to know about Javier? Find out here.
A small but powerful group of Downtown Dems and Sierra Club friends met at the house of Mayor Phil Stoddard on February 4 to canvass in South Miami before the February 13 election (in which Mayor Stoddard was re-elected -- phew)! The Mayor's team was well organized and each volunteer pair received maps with identified Democratic or undecided households where we knocked, talked, or left door hangers.
Canvassing is fun. People you meet are nearly always friendly and interested in talking. We reminded people about the upcoming election, asked if we could count on them to support Mayor Stoddard, and answered any questions they had. Be sure to follow our events page and you will see lots of opportunities to canvas for progressive candidates in south Florida. We need to support each other as much as we can in this important election year!
It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since the women of America - and thousands of men too - marched in Washington, DC and rallied in Miami's Bayfront Park. This year, we gathered in Wynwood to show our solidarity for electing new leaders. Our Downtown Dems team was there to promote our club and the other Democratic clubs throughout South Florida. We got 150 signups for Democratic Clubs. We got to hang out with Senator Annette Taddeo and Women's March Florida founder Emma Collum .... who's running for the Florida House in 2018. Let's get ready to vote!
On January 17th, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King addressed the Downtown Dems at Fado Irish Pub. This was a great opportunity to hear from Mr. King, a successful businessman, about his plans for the governorship. Unlike many other Florida politicians, King is "sugar-free" as he puts it, meaning he's decided not to take any donations from the powerful sugar industry lobby...
Want to know what is on the ballot? Bogged down by so many different candidates and their positions? Not sure how a proposition will or will not affect you? That's why our Brunch & Vote series is so effective.
On November 5th, 2017 we hosted our second installment of this series. During brunch, we had Jose Javier Rodriguez come and speak about his candidacy, we had local leaders educate our members on the Sea Level Bond initiative, and then we all took public transportation over to the polling center in downtown Miami to vote. Join us at one next time!
We know that some parts of Miami are ruby red Republican, but we also know how important it is to build the Democratic bench of candidates in these neighborhoods. It may be an uphill battle, but we have to start somewhere. Canvassing door-to-door to educate voters about why electing progressive voices to the City dais will mean that the people's needs are better represented at the local level. That's why we knocked on doors for Jose Suarez in Little Havana today.
Matt Haggman, candidate for US Congress for Florida District 27, came to our monthly happy hour to speak about his race and vision for Miami. Matt was the Program Director at John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is now running for Congress in FL-27. As some may know, CD27 is a very crowded primary field, as the race is almost surely to go to a Democrat in 2018.
Matt spoke for 15-20 minute, laid out his priorities for what would be his first term in Congress, and then took questions from the audience. It was a very informative happy hour and we were very thankful to him and his campaign for coming by!