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With Florida likely to be the tipping point in this crucial election, Floridians across the state are gathering to watch the final debate on Wednesday, Oct 19th. With the stakes so high, Floridians will be listening closely to what the presidential candidates have to say about immigration, the Supreme Court, jobs and foreign policy. At many of the debate parties, community members will be meeting early for volunteer phone banks, building their power by coming together to change the direction of this election not just on the national level, but on a local level.
Just a month away from the election, community members were disappointed when a local political forum was cancelled after Republican candidates Frank Artiles, Michael Bileca and David Rivera decided not to show up. The forum, scheduled to take place from 6pm – 8pm on Oct. 12 at Miami-Dade Kendall Campus, would have featured candidates from State Senate District 40 and State House Districts 115 and 118.
With the election a month away, SEIU Florida is joining Miami-Dade College, Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Miami-Dade chapter of the Philip Randolph Institute and the South Florida Labor Council for Latin American Advancement to hold a candidate forum exploring the issues affecting local residents. Candidates for State House and State Senate will take part in a moderated question and answer session where community members can get the facts they need to make an informed choice this November.
The members of SEIU Florida are announcing their endorsements for the November 2016 general election. With so much on the line in elections across the state, SEIU Florida members are focused on supporting candidates who will fight for the diverse communities where our members live and work.
After winning the official Republican presidential nomination, many speculated that Donald Trump would attempt to shift some of his positions in order to win back important voting blocs he intentionally alienated during the primaries.
Clearly, he did not. At a speech in Phoenix, AZ, Trump insisted on accusing immigrants of homicide and theft, while suggesting that we must “build a wall that Mexico will pay for,” increase deportations, and “keep immigration levels to historic lows.”