This past April, community residents successfully forced the resignation of Republican State Senator Frank Artiles after he made racist and sexist remarks towards fellow lawmakers. A Sept. 26 special election was set so that residents of Senate District 40 could have a legislator that they could be proud of and who would fight for the interests of constituents.

Tonight at 6 p.m., those looking to become the area’s next State Senator will look to make their case to assembled community groups and members at a candidate forum being held at the Islamic School of Miami (11699 SW, 147th Ave, Miami, Florida, 33196). The in-depth discussion is being organized by a coalition of local groups, including FLIC Votes, Emgage, the New Florida Majority and South Florida LCLAA.

This is not the first forum to be organized in the district among potential Artiles successors. In June, the Miami Times and the Black Owned Media Alliance (BOMA) sponsored a discussion at the Second Baptist Church in Richmond Heights.  

Present then were Democrats Ana Rivas Logan, Steve Smith and Annette Taddeo (the evenutal Democratic Party nominee), Independent Christian “He-Man” Schlaerth (who has made it onto the ballot) and Republican Lorenzo Palomares. Absent then were Rep. Jose Felix Diaz (the eventual Republican nominee) and Alex Diaz de la Portilla. [Click here to read the summary of that event.] 

Rep. Diaz did show up to a June primary forum that was hosted by the Women’s Republican Club of Miami at the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. [Click here to read a summary of that discussion published by the Miami Herald.)

Who will show up tonight? Hopefully all three will make an appearance so that they can directly share their ideas and proposals for the future. It’s an important opportunity for the community get the information they need to make an informed choice this Election Day.