The New Florida Majority released the following statement Tuesday night upon the news that Eileen Higgins had been elected the new Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 5.

“Tonight is a victory not only for the residents of Miami Dade County Commission 5, but also for democracy in this County,” said NewFM Executive Director Andrea Mercado. “Too often, we’re told that elected office is the solely the domain of those that are well-connected to money and power. That succession can be tossed around a small group of people  while those with fresh ideas and grassroots credentials stand on the outside looking in.

Tonight, voters sent a message that this will not be the case. Eileen Higgins has been a passionate public servant long before the spotlight of the campaign trail. She will be a tireless worker who looks at issues from the ground up, seeking out and working with the voices of those who are most impacted.”

This is the second victory for Higgins in less than two months. She placed first among four candidates who initially ran in a May 22nd special election to succeed Commissioner Barreiro, who is resigning to run for Congress. Miami-Dade County District 5 extends from Downtown and parts of Miami Beach, to Little Havana, Brickell, The Roads, Silver Bluff, and Shenandoah.