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Haitian candidates on the Florida general elections ballot


MIAMI — The November midterm elections are around the corner and Haitian Americans are on the ballot for various elected positions in Florida. 

Early voting starts on Monday and goes until Nov. 6 in Miami Dade and Broward County. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 29.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Miami-Dade County Commission

District 2, Encompasses North Miami, Opa-locka, North Miami Beach and parts of the city of Miami, Biscayne Gardens and Liberty City.

  • Marleine Bastien, Nonpartisan, executive director of Family Action Network Movement (FANM).
  • Philippe Bien-Aime, Nonpartisan, North Miami mayor 

Florida State Representative 

District 105 

Encompasses; Doral, Miramar, Sweetwater

  • Marie Woodson, Democrat, current office holder of district 101 which has reconfigured to 105

She will face Republican Vincent Parlatore.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture

  • Naomi Esther Blemur, Democrat, minister 

She will face Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson

Florida Senate 

Encompasses;

  • Val Demings, Democrat, U.S. representative from Florida’s 10th congressional district. While not Haitian, she is on the Haiti Caucus and introduced legislation to crack down on the funders of Haiti’s gangs.

She will face Marco Rubio, Republican, who has held the seat since 2011.

U.S. Representative in Congress

District 26

Encompasses Midtown, Wynwood, Overtown, parts of Opa-Locka, Hialeah, Miami Springs, Doral, Miami Lakes, Palm Springs, Country Club, Immokalee and Everglades City,

  • Christine Alexandria Olivo, Democrat, educator 

She will face incumbent, Mario Díaz-Balart, who has held the seat for three decades.

District 20

Encompasses the area around Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach; including North Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Tamarac, Miramar, Lake Park, Riviera Beach and parts of Pompano Beach and Sunrise.

  • Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Democrat, incumbent 

She will face Republican Drew Montez-Clark, who ran unopposed in the primary, in the November general election

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