NewFM Endorses Eileen Higgins in Miami Dade County Commission District 5 Race

Housing advocate Eileen Higgins listens as New Florida Majority Executive Director Andrea Mercado speaks about an equitable budget before heading into a September 19 2017 County Commision meeting.

Housing advocate Eileen Higgins (left) listens as New Florida Majority Executive Director Andrea Mercado speaks about an equitable budget before heading into a September 19 2017 County Commision meeting.

Miami, Fl – The New Florida Majority (NewFM), a c4 racial justice organization dedicated to expanding democracy and restoring justice, announced this week that it was endorsing entrepreneur and community housing advocate Eileen Higgins in the June 19 race to fill the seat being vacated by current Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro.

“Eileen Higgins is the kind of passionate public servant that every community needs,” said NewFM Executive Director Andrea Mercado. “Her community service and work on the campaign trail shows that she is a tireless worker who looks at issues from the ground up, working with the voices of those who are most impacted.”

“Too often,” Mercado continued, “our elected officials are think that their experience and their connections to money and power gives them the right to determine what is best for the people they serve. Higgins’ practical ideas to improve the lives of District 5 residents come from not only her first-hand advocacy around issues like housing and public transportation, but also because she respects community residents enough to follow their lead on these issues.”

“Week after week, we see how instrumental the votes of our Commissioners are to determining opportunities in Miami-Dade,” said NewFM Political Director Dwight Bullard. “Eileen’s commitment to issues like affordable housing, public transportation, health and education will help hold the commission accountable to shrinking the gap between the haves and have-nots in this city and county.”

Higgins 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.

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