All About the Miami Beach Run-Off Election

The results from the November 5 election are in, the machine and manual recount has been completed, and we are headed for a run-off election on November 19. Here's what you need to know.

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What's the Deal with this November's Ballot Questions?

Early voting has started, and some of you have asked for the club's position on the six ballot questions put before Miami Beach voters. At this Monday's membership meeting, the Club decided not to take a formal position on these questions, but we nevertheless want to help everyone make an informed decision.

Michael Gongora at the Miami Beach Democratic Club October 2019 MeetingThe remainder of this blog post lays out arguments for and against each ballot question. It also gives the results of an email survey distributed to active members, for which we received 17 responses.

You can also check out the video of October's membership meeting, which includes Commissioner Michael Góngora discussing the ballot questions at around 16:00.

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September Meeting Recap

Before we get to the recap of our September 2019 membership meeting, don't forget that our next monthly meeting will be at a new location—the Marseilles Hotel (1741 Collins Ave)!

And now, on to the recap!

 

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Miami Beach Commissioner Democratic Candidates Guide

We were thrilled to host a forum for the Democratic candidates for City of Miami Beach Commission on September 23 at the Betsy Hotel. You can watch the full video of the forum on Facebook here.

Prior to the forum, we invited all the candidates to respond to a questionnaire to help voters get to know them better. Read on for their responses.

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Important Changes to Vote By Mail

Vote By Mail is an important part of the Florida Democratic Party's strategy as we head into 2020, but some folks are understandably wary of signing up for the program after hearing stories in 2018 about ballots being held up at postal facilities or disqualified because of signature-match issues. Thankfully, recent changes to Florida state law will help fix some of these problems for elections to come.

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Let's Get Ready to Vote

Are you ready to vote? We've got several important elections coming up, including our local Miami Beach election on November 5, 2019. Read on to make sure you're Ready to Vote!

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Miami Beach Dems' summer barbecue raises over $1,500 for our fight to defeat Trump in 2020

On Sunday, July 28, The Miami Beach Democratic Club held our annual summer barbecue, and thanks to our host and the many generous attendees and donors, it was a huge success in our efforts to build organizing power for 2020. 

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How We'll Win

If you've ever joined us for a canvass, a phone bank, or a postcard-writing party, you know about some of the work we do. But do you know how those simple actions fit together into a larger strategy? This post will tell you how.

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Miami Beach Dems Protest Inhumane Conditions at Lights for Liberty in Homestead

On Friday, July 12, 2019, at hundreds of locations across the United States, people gathered at Lights for Liberty demonstrations to protest the outrageous, inhumane conditions people are experiencing in detention camps run by the Trump administration.

 

Members of the Miami Beach Democratic Club, organized by the Program Committee, traveled together to the Homestead Child Detention Center in Homestead, Florida to protest the Trump administration’s family separation policies, the grotesque human rights violations that we are hearing about in border patrol facilities at other locations, and to call for a return to basic human rights in our treatment of those who are seeking a better life for themselves and their children.

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New Executive Director of Miami-Dade Democratic Party is our own Aaron Bos-Lun

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party announced on Monday, July 8, that Aaron Bos-Lun has been hired as the new Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. Aaron Bos-Lun takes on this new role, having served as a member of the board of directors of the Miami Beach Democratic Club.

In a separate letter to Dan Royles, President of the Miami Beach Democratic Club, Aaron announced that he was resigning from the Board of Directors of the Club, effective immediately, in order to commit fully to his new role as Executive Director of the county Democratic Party.

President Dan Royles congratulated Aaron on his new position, writing, "in this case, our loss is the DEC's gain, which in the end is good for all of us. We look forward to seeing what you do in your new role." 

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