Oct 11, 2010 —

Florida New Majority, which describes itself as a grassroots civic engagement organization, announced its has endorsed Alison Austin in the race for the city of Miami District 5 commission race.

The district includes Overtown, Liberty City, Wynwood, Alapattah, and Little Haiti.

Austin, born and raised in Liberty City, has worked for several years in neighborhood improvement programs. She is CEO of the Belafonte TACOLCY Center and a leader in youth programming and leadership development in the city.

An FNM statement said the endorsement came after interviews on Oct.  1 of three of six candidates by a committee comprising five black and Latino members who live in District 5.

“Our endorsement committee decided that Alison Austin is the candidate that best represents the needs of our community,” said Clarence Mimms, a Little Haiti resident and FNM member. “She has the wisdom and experience to lead our district.”

“I’m most impressed with her commitment to represent the interests of all the people in this district, including our Latino communities,” Amelia Davila, another member of FNM, said in the statement.