October 21, 2013 –

We would like to thank all who attended the District 5 Candidate Debate held on October 17th, at the Hadley Park Community Center. All four participating candidates engaged in a spirited debate to a crowd of almost 100 concerned residents from the district. Members from several organizations, including South Florida Voice for Working Families, Booker T. Washington Alumni Club, Women in Leadership Miami, Miami Workers Center, and Power U attended the event. Among other attendees were parents, educators, community activists, home owners, seniors, and business owners, many of whom stood in the back after venue capacity had been reached. Miami New Times Reporter Kevin McNeir provided media coverage for the debate.

The prelude to the debate included a heartfelt personal story of triumph through civic engagement told by FNM Canvasser Harold Penas. A spoken word poem by Annie Thomas also helped to set the tone for the rest of the inspiring and informative evening. The debate was moderated by Aaron McKinney, VP of the Miami Dade Young Democrats. Questions from the audience varied from concerns about crime and violence, police brutality and lack of law enforcement oversight, to allocation of funds and contracts for small businesses.

Participating candidates provided the audience with a breakdown of their background and qualifications. Other talking points centered on their love for the community and approach to problem-solving.

Rev. Richard Dunn highlighted his experience as a Pastor, and reminded the audience of his role in the Michelle Spence-Jones investigation.

Dr. Robert Malone passionately cited his love for helping young black men with guidance and mentorship, and spoke of his experiences working with local government.

Keon Hardemon spoke about being the son of a police officer and a child of Liberty City, and brought attention to his background in Law and his current role as a Public Defender.

Jacqui Colyer focused on describing her time in management and leadership in the nonprofit sector, serving as Executive Director of Children and Families Services of Miami.

Through the thousands of phone calls and face-to-face conversations carried out through our canvassing efforts, we’ve learned that so many people in the community long to be heard. At Florida New Majority we pride ourselves on providing a platform for people to voice their concerns. Encouraging residents in the district to be a part of the electoral process is paramount to the long term well-being of District 5, an area which has been historically neglected and pushed aside by local government.

Florida New Majority will publically announce their endorsed candidate later this week. To those who couldn’t attend the debate, sorry we missed you. There is still time to get involved with this campaign!

If you would like to volunteer your time or resources, please contact Darnell Roberts at 917-995-8395 or darnell@newfloridamajority.org. For questions regarding the endorsement process or candidate responses, please contact Danilo at 786-253-6407 or danilo@newfloridamajority.org

Thank you for your interest in Florida New Majority. We look forward to your continued support, as we work towards building a statewide membership base that will take effective action on core issues. We are moving from the margins to the center of power by working together, taking ownership of our government and becoming the change we want to see in the state of Florida.