Victory of 10 Caribbean-Americans in the Florida primary elections
CNW- At least 10 Caribbean American candidates emerged victorious in yesterday’s primary elections in South Florida, making them official candidates for the midterm elections in November this year.
The Democrats’ contest for Congressional District 20, which saw Haitian-American Sheila-Cherfilus-McCormick take on Jamaicans Dale Holness and Anika Omphroy, was the top ticket and the most popular of the races. In last year’s contest for the seat, vacated by the death of Alcee Hastings, Cherfilus-McCormick won by five votes. This time, the incumbent beat her opponents with 47,425 to Holness’ 20,716. Omphroy got 4181, with 99% of the votes counted so far. Cherfilus will now represent the Democrats against Drew Montez Clark in November and is a strong favorite to retain the seat. Last year, she became the first person of Haitian descent to hold a seat in Congress.
In the US House District 25 Republican primary, Jamaican Carla Spalding received 16,411 votes (71.6%) in her loss to Rubin Young, who received 6,510 votes (28.4%). Spalding will face incumbent and favorite Debbie Wasserman Schultz for the United States House seat in November. Haitian-American Naomi Esther Blemur will contest the November elections for Florida Agriculture on behalf of the Democratic Party after garnering 695,943 (50.4%) votes to seal her victory.
Two Jamaican-Americans and an equal number of Haitian-Americans were victorious in state races for the Florida seats. Debutante Lisa Dunkley, born in Kingston, Jamaica, polled 12,576 votes to garner 62.1% of the vote in District 97. Kelly Scurry, her closest rival, garnered 4,626 votes. Daryl Campbell, whose parents are Jamaican, beat Elijah Manley by nearly 10,000 votes for the right to contest the 99 seat of Florida House in November. Dunkley and Campbell ran as nonpartisan because they weren’t on the official list of Democratic candidates.
The House seats for District 105 went to Haitian-American Democrat Marie Woodson, who won 11,362 (83.5%) votes to defeat Imran Siddiqui. Her compatriot Dotie Joseph won District 108 with 10,042 votes or 53.5%.
In the Florida Senate races, Bahamas-American Shevrin Jones (37,486 votes) won the right to contest District 34 beating Erhabor Ighodaro 9,410 and Pitchie Escarment (8,189)
At the county level, another Jamaican, Hazelle Rogers, garnered 19,777 votes (71.26%) to become the Democratic Party candidate for Broward County Commissioner, District 9. Her rival Guithele Ruiz-Nicolas won 7,978 votes (28.74%). Rogers serves as mayor of Lauderdale Lakes and is one of several high-profile Jamaican politicians in South Florida.
In the Broward County School Board’s District 5 contest, Jamaican American Jeff Holness fought off six opponents to win 30% (11,060) of the vote.