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This week, our socially distant and socially responsible suggestions include classical masterworks, virtual theater performances, and art films. Below, you’ll find enough to keep you happily indoors for another week.
Starting Friday, August 14, second chances abound when DACAMERA continues its Home Delivery series with the release of a 2016 recital with violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt. The program includes works from Bartok, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, and the release will include a pre-concert discussion between Tetzlaff, Vogt, and DACAMERA artistic director Sarah Rothenberg. The performance and conversation will be available on the DACAMERA website, where you can also find prior releases, including performances, commentary, artist conversations, and essays from Rothenberg, in the Home Delivery archive.
Over at Catastrophic Theatre, the second episode of Tamarie Cooper’s 2020: Quarantine Edition! will drop this Friday, August 14. As a reminder, Cooper’s three-part online series is scheduled to run six weeks, with new episodes dropping every other week. If you’ve already got a ticket, you’ll get an email with a link to access the next episode. If not, what are you waiting for? Get your ticket now; one ticket gets you access to the first show, the second, and the third which will be released on August 28. Ticket price, you ask? It’s pay-what-you-can, as it always is over at Catastrophic.
If you’ve visited Rice University, you’ve probably noticed that they love LED light master Leo Villareal. His immersive installation, Particle Chamber, was featured inside the Moody Center for the Arts back in 2018, and his Radiant Pathway installation adorns the school’s BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) Café and Lounge. On Wednesday, August 19, at 2 p.m. the Moody’s summer film series, which highlights three of the artists in the school’s Public Art collection, continues with director Jeremy Ambers’ 2014 Impossible Light, about that time Villareal used 25,000 LED lights to turn San Francisco’s Bay Bridge into the world’s biggest LED light sculpture. The film will be available through August 26 on the Moody’s YouTube page. And if you’re impressed – and why wouldn’t you be – you can join in on an Instagram Live Q&A the following day, August 20, at 2 p.m. when Ambers talks to Ylinka Barotto, Moody Center for the Arts Associate Curator, about Villareal and the film.
Virtual programming for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibit “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” continues this Saturday, August 15, at 3 p.m. with its final online panel, Black Cultural Organizations in Houston. The discussion about the city’s Black arts-and-culture scene will be moderated by the Houston Museum of African American Culture’s John Guess and feature panelists including Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Eileen Morris, Urban Souls Dance Company Artistic Director Harrison Guy, and artist Vicki Meek (whose work you can explore online here). If you’ve missed any of the previous panels, they’re available on Vimeo (links here). And after catching up on those, you’ll also want to check out the final film of the “Soul of a Nation” film series, Losing Ground. The film, along with the six other films of the series, will only be available through August 30.
Stages takes to ZOOM with MJ Kaufman’s Sensitive Guys, opening on August 15.
Screen shot courtesy of Stages
Bright spots continue to emerge despite the past few months of postponements and cancellations, and this one is over at Stages, where their originally planned production of MJ Kaufman’s Sensitive Guys was just one week away from opening when COVID-19 forced a shutdown. Instead, the Leslie Swackhamer-directed show, about two groups at a fictitious college – one a Men’s Peer Education group and the other a Women’s Survivor Support group – and what happens when an allegation is made against one of those “sensitive guys,” pivoted to ZOOM. Five women make up the cast, playing across genders, in the 90-minute-long, intermission-less captured performance, which will open online and on-demand on YouTube on August 15 along with a “making of” documentary. Sensitive Guys will run through August 23, and though the streaming performance is free, you must register here to receive access.
While we can appreciate the efforts of Disney+, their release of the #Hamilfilm this summer didn’t completely erase the disappointment of knowing the musical juggernaut wouldn’t be swinging by the Bayou City this year. If you’re one of the disappointed masses, have we got a heck of a consolation prize for you: On Saturday, August 15, at 7 p.m. the original George Washington himself, Christopher Jackson, will take to New World Stages in New York City for Christopher Jackson: Live From the West Side. The Hamilton star (with a Drama Desk Award, an Emmy, and a Grammy in his back pocket), will regale the digital audience with stories, take some real-time questions, and treat everyone’s ears with a mix of show tunes, pop songs, and even some originals during the one-night-only concert. The $40 family pass gets you the livestream and 72 hours of on-demand access, and proceeds from the show will go to a selection of worthy nonprofits, including our very own Theater Under the Stars. And the best part of watching from your couch? No one around to shush you if you want to sing along.
If you’re a fan of Houston theater and the great performers who comprise the city’s talent pool (it’s an embarrassment of riches), and you’re not watching Actors Quarantine Corner, then what are you doing with your life? Every Monday night, three of those great performers – Kendrick “Kayb” Brown, Brandon J. Morgan, and Joseph “Joe “P” Palmore – get together and do monologues you know and original works you should, tell all kinds of stories, and talk about just about anything, from blockbuster films to the current movement for racial justice. This past Monday, they kicked off a four-part “State of the Theatre” series with a wellness check with local theaters. Representatives from the Alley Theatre, 4th Wall Theatre Company, Catastrophic Theatre, Rec Room, Ensemble Theatre and Stages joined the show to take stock of where the community is and how it got there. Theater folk, you’re definitely going to want to join them on this deep dive into the local theater community on Monday, August 17, and while you’re at it, catch up on what you missed on Facebook.
On August 19, DiverseWorks will look back at Jefferson Pinder’s 2019 site-specific piece inspired by the 1917 Camp Logan Uprising during Fire and Movement Revisited, pictured here.
Photo by Dabfoto Creative/David A. Brown
In 1917, African American soldiers, members of the 3rd Battalion of the 24th United States Infantry, mutinied against the continuous abuse they experienced at the hands of Houston citizens, white soldiers and especially the police. Last year, Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder and 13 fellow artists recreated the event in Fire and Movement, a public performance piece commissioned by DiverseWorks. In it, the group retraced the four-mile route through the streets before concluding the work at the African American Library at the Gregory School. With the 103rd anniversary of the Camp Logan Uprising on August 23 in mind, DiverseWorks will revisit the piece and welcome back Pinder, who will join a group of Houston artists, including Vinod Hopson, Mekeva McNeil, Mich S, and Anthony Suber, in conversation during Fire and Movement Revisited on August 19 at 6:30 p.m. The free event will be streamed live (but registration is required), and a recording of the event will be released on the actual anniversary on August 23.
In unsurprising but sad news, 4th Wall Theatre Company postponed the opening of their 10th anniversary season earlier this week. Though they are looking to January 2021 as a tentative restart date, fans of the company, and Houston theater in general, can still enjoy their online interview series, Beyond the 4th Wall. On Wednesday, August 19, at 8 p.m. 4th Wall’s Co-Artistic Directors Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl will virtually host Rebecca Greene Udden, the artistic director of Main Street Theater. You can register to join the live conversation on Zoom here, or you can check in on 4th Wall’s YouTube or Facebook page on Thursday when the recorded video premieres. And while you’re waiting, you can always check out their previous interviews, including recent conversations with the Alley’s Rob Melrose and Ensemble Theatre’s Eileen Morris.
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Up Here has been reimagined.
The organizers behind Sudbury’s urban art and music festival have gone back to the drawing board to reimagine a festival that brings together community while respecting the restrictions of COVID-19.
“The sixth edition of Up Here has been reimagined for the ongoing pandemic and will see the creation of murals and painted hydro boxes around the city; intimate musical sessions by local artists; film screenings in collaboration with Sudbury Indie Cinema; a virtual panel discussion about Black art; an interactive, live-streamed game of porketta bingo; and more,” Christian Pelletier, festival co-founder, said Wednesday. “The festival will continue to offer programming throughout the end of the summer and into the fall.”
Up Here will release a series of music video performances featuring six local musicians, beginning Thursday. These pop-up sessions were shot in fun and surprising locations around Greater Sudbury.
They will be released daily from Aug. 13-18 and will feature intimate performances by folk songstress Julie Katrinette; indie-rocker Melanie St-Pierre; Juno-nominated electronic artist Bryden Gwiss; rapper and singer Jor’Del Downz; Peruvian-Canadian powerhouse Patricia Cano; and crust punks Salted Wounds.
“A crusty quartet cobbled together by friendship and laughter, Salted Wounds convenes Rob Seaton (Statues), Andrée St-Onge (The Ape-ettes), and Adam Dempsey and Brady Middaugh from Skin Condition for a brand new project plumbing the depths of love, loss and forgiveness,” Pelletier said. “Taken with a grain of salt, these tunes burn a bit, but help the healing.”
Julie Katrinette is the folk-country solo project of Julie Houle, a songstress and member of The Ape-ettes. Having stockpiled a collection of heartbreak songs, she is ready to offer them up as a musical letting-go of sorts. Her upcoming album is a goodbye to grief gone by and a welcome to growth and to new beginnings.
As St-Pierre gears up to release her sophomore record with the Casper Skulls, she has been hard at work on a self-reflective journey.
“With her new solo project, she shows she knows when to swirl into the echoing beauty of the ambient world and create a powerful, yet delicate performance,” Pelletier said.
Gwiss grew up on the pow-wow trail — learning songs, drum teachings and dancing for more than 30 years. His music fuses traditional pow-wow songs with modern hip-hop production. Gwiss is originally from Neyaashiinigaming (Cape Croker, Ont.) and Sipekne’katik (Indian Brook, Nova Scotia) but he currently lives in Sudbury. Gwiss was nominated for Indigenous music album of the year at the Junos in 2017. His new album, The Forgotten T.R.U.T.H. (The. Real. Un. Told. History), drops Aug. 17.
Cano is a total powerhouse and has won many awards. With a rich, diverse body of work, she has stunned audiences around the world with everything from an 18-member orchestra to a one-woman show.
“If her smile alone doesn’t knock you off your feet, you can bet her voice will,” Pelletier quipped.
Jor’Del Downz seamlessly blends singing, rapping, percussion and beat-making. Born and raised in Sudbury, Downz was totally blind until the age of four, when he gained back 50 per cent of his sight. Through his art and advocacy, Downz raises awareness about different kinds of blindness.
The locations of these performances will be revealed as the sessions are released on the festival’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
“With live events currently on pause, the creative community is in need of support now more than ever,” Scott Simon, regional VP of Royal Bank, said. “This year’s Up Here festival is an amazing example of committed people working to fill that void, to help bring exposure to Sudbury and local talented artists. We’re excited the RBC pop-up sessions featuring emerging northern Ontario musicians will bring us together, even while we’re apart.”
Up Here is also presenting Rock’n’Robics with Ms. Holub. Local gym teacher Jennifer Holub earned some renown when she started releasing hilarious workout videos for kids in April, after the pandemic hit.
Ms. Holub gets physical once again with an exclusive interactive event on Aug. 15 at noon. Livestreamed on Facebook, there is no special equipment required. Just bring a beating heart and a sense of humour.
For more information or to participate in these intimate sessions, go to facebook.com/upherefestival or bit.ly/31JrEXT.
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Want to add a class to your schedule during drop-add this fall? The Chronicle has compiled a list of four classes from DukeHub, sampled from a variety of subjects, for the curious student to consider.
HISTORY 135: Silk Roads and China
Online course. TuTh Noon-1:15 p.m.; cross-listed AMES, MEDREN, RELIGION; CCI, CZ
The oldest and longest routes connecting Asia, Europe and Africa, the Silk Roads have bridged the continents since the days of Alexander the Great. This course investigates the many cultures that have lined the storied network, through themes such as Alexander’s empire, medieval cities and the Mongol Empire visited by Marco Polo.
The course is taught by Associate Professor of History Sucheta Mazumdar.
PHYSICS 134: Introduction to Astronomy
Online course; MW 3:30-4:45 p.m; NS, QS
“Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, got me stargazin’.”
Through this introductory astronomy course, students can go beyond Travis Scott’s hit lyrics to gain deeper insights into the science behind our universe. With only a background in high-school algebra and geometry, students in this course will learn how observation and insight can lead to amazing scientific discoveries.
The course will cover topics such as light and matter, the solar system, the lives of stars, the evolution of the universe, black holes and more.
The course is taught by Professor of Physics Ronen Plesser.
AAS 227: African American Art
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Online course; 10:15-11:30 a.m.; cross-listed ARTHIST; ALP, R, CCI, CZ
This course will be a “flipped classroom”: Students will watch short video lectures and complete assigned readings before attending synchronous meetings to investigate works of art “derived from an Afro-United States cultural perspective,” according to the DukeHub class notes and course description.
The course will focus on major figures such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Aaron Douglas and Jacob Lawrence. The course aims to help students develop visual analysis and visual literacy skills, covering modern as well as contemporary art.
This course is taught by Richard Powell, John Spencer Bassett distinguished professor of art and art history.
GERMAN 380: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud
Online course; TuTh 5:15-5:50 p.m. or 5:55-6:30 p.m.; cross-listed PHIL, LIT, POLSCI; CCI, CZ, SS
Three of the most influential thinkers of the modern era are remembered for their work in fields ranging from economics to human existence. This “critical examination and assessment on the thought of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud,” as it’s described in the DukeHub course description, will be taught in English.
Topics will include “ and the challenge of overcoming it” and “the exploration of the hidden foundations of the self and of culture,” according to the description.
This course is taught by Henry Pickford, associate professor of Germanic languages and literature, and Hannah Read, a doctoral student in philosophy.
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SOUTH FLORIDA – The following Caribbean-American voters guide was compiled by our media partners at National Weekly and the CNW editorial team.
National Weekly over the past several weeks have closely analyzed responses to their questionnaires and the candidates’ position on various issues as they relate to the interests of Caribbean- and African-American voters.
- Alcee Hastings (DEM) Incumbent
Hastings has been a long-term member of Congress who has been consistent in his efforts to improve the quality of life in this district. He has the required experience to continue in the job.
- Vic DeGrammont (REP)
DeGrammont describes himself as a problem solver and “looking forward to representing his community and finally putting South Florida First.” He is confident his representation will make a difference in the key areas of public education, healthcare, immigration reforms, pro-gun laws, and improvement in the quality of lives for veterans,
- Lois Frankel (DEM) Incumbent
The former Mayor of West Palm Beach is the first woman to represent Florida’s 21st district. In Congress, where she has made her mark as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, where she serves on the Subcommittees of: Energy and Water Development; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies; and State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs.
- Christian Acosta (REP)
He harbors ambition, if elected to Congress, to restore the power and authority of legislatures. His priorities include lowering the cost of prescription drugs, growing Florida’s and the national economy, and achieving sustained job growth; and closing what he calls the education achievement gap.
- Ted Deutch (DEM)
Elected to Congress in 2010 Deutch has proved himself a committed Democratic, devoted to issues like gun control, affordable healthcare, improvement in Social Security and Medicare, raising the minimum wage and helping working families.
- James (Jim) Pruden (REP)
Pruden says his campaign platform is consistent with, and advances, the principles of economic and political freedom established by the founders of the U.S., domestic and international security, healthcare reform, and an originalist adherence to the U.S. Constitution.
- Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (DEM) Incumbent
The incumbent congresswoman has proven herself to be a solid representative for her district and for Floridians in Congress. Her presence benefits Floridians in healthcare, job creation, minimum wage increase, racial and social justice, and fair immigration policies.
- Carla Spalding (REP)
This Caribbean American is an ambitious Republican seeking to represent the district with traditional conservative values including strengthening the police; protecting the U.S. borders against illegal immigration, and enhancing the quality of life for American families.
- Fredericka Wilson (DEM) Incumbent
She remains a warrior for the District since her first election in 2010 representing District 17. She has adequately represented the cause of the Black Community, including Haitians, and is quite fearless in Washington in fighting for the rights of her district and all Americans.
- Carlos Giminez (REP)
The incumbent Miami-Dade mayor is seeking to take a seat in Congress where he believes he will be able to influence the implementation of policies that affect South Florida, including protecting the environment, working for improved healthcare, and improved care for seniors.
- Maria Elvira Salazar (REP)
This bold journalist is making her second bid for the U.S. Congress. The issues and policies she represents include anti-socialism, a stronger economy and job creation, term limits for politicians in Washington, and affordable healthcare.
- Tina Polsky (DEM)
The former Florida Representative is seeking a Senate seat to give Broward and Palm Beach residents a voice in government. She wants to ensure Florida’s government prioritizes emergency preparedness to adequately respond to public health crises until a COVID-19 vaccine is developed. Her other platforms include gun control, improving public school education, protecting seniors, improved wages, affordable healthcare, racial justice and equality, and addressing climate change.
- Perry Thurston (DEM) Incumbent
Thurston is seeking reelection and should be. In his initial tenure, he took his role in representing the people very seriously, and forcibly. He’s very concerned about the damage COVID-19 is wreaking on the state’s health security, economy and schools, and wants to be engaged in stemming the virus, saving jobs and improving the state’s unemployment system and compensation.
- Shevrin “Shev” Jones (DEM)
Jones is also seeking to transit from the Florida House to the Senate believing there’s much work to be done. His priorities include improving minimum wage to $15 per hour, increasing affordable housing options, reforming the criminal justice system, protecting the state’s coasts against climate change, improving investment in infrastructure, public transportation and providing more support to Florida’s small business sector.
- Javier Fernandez (DEM)
Fernandez is seeking to continue serving Floridians in the Senate after serving in the House, cites his priorities as a senator to include: growing the economy and keeping taxes low, combatting the rigors of climate change, common-sense gun control, funding new infrastructure projects, and making it possible for more Floridians to afford homes.
FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE
- Silmo Moura (REP)
His platform is to invest in people—children, teens, and seniors. He wants to ensure children start and get the greatest education, teens remain in school and get a college degree, improve the lives of senior citizens, and honor veterans.
- Kelly Skidmore (DEM)
Skidmore who previously served in the Florida House from 2006 to 2008 has been trying to return since. She had failed bids to the Senate in 2010 and 2016. She should be successful in this run, as she definitely seems to have more experience than her competitor, both as a former legislator and a legislative aid in both the House and Senate for 10 years prior.
- Eileen Vargas (REP)
Vargas is advocating for pro-life, immigration reform; backs charter school and the vocational school movement, and endorses smaller government, and less regulation and taxes.
- Omari Hardy (DEM)
Hardy seems set to unseat incumbent Al Jacquet who has drawn criticism for unexplained absences from the Legislature during his second term. Hardy is a Lake Worth Commissioner with a no-nonsense approach to representation. He supports criminal justice reform, affordable housing, racial justice and equality, job and economic growth.
- Bobby DuBose (DEM) Incumbent
DuBose is seeking his third term in the Florida House. He’s anxious to be reelected to continue fighting for the district and providing residents with criminal justice reform, enhanced economic development, increased affordable housing, improved and expanded healthcare, and laws that prevent residents from gun violence.
- Anika Omphroy (DEM) Incumbent
Omphroy is facing a strong challenge from newcomer Jasmen Rogers-Shaw for the seat won in 2018. She came under criticism for voting with Republicans on an abortion bill. However, she admitted to being agonized about her decision. She has also shown she has learned a lot in her first tenure, and displays a commitment to the best interests of the district, focusing on jobs, the economy, and other issues crucial to the district.
- Saima Farooqui (DEM)
Farooqui is self-described as having a passion for civil rights. The vice president of the Coconut Creek Democratic Club and secretary of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus of Florida is committed to making changes for the betterment of the community, emphasizing the importance of affordable education, accessible healthcare, economic growth, and implementing policies for public safety.
- Marie Woodson (DEM)
With thousands of Floridians struggling to obtain adequate unemployment benefits, Woodson wants to be involved in creating an unemployment system that actually works. Her plan is to obtain federal funding to assist Floridians as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic; improve employment opportunities, especially for the underprivileged; improve healthcare, including coverage for mental health and substance abuse; improve security at public schools, and implement universal background checks to purchase firearms.
- Felicia Simone Robinson (DEM)
A former councilwoman of the City of Miami Gardens, Robinson’s priorities are to improve affordable public transportation in the district, provide affordable, far-reaching healthcare; provide quality and innovative education, increase affordable housing, increase job opportunities, improve public safety, and improve the district’s environment with more green spaces and research parks.
- Nelson Rodriquez (REP)
Nelson is a rare Republican that supports gun control, wanting to see the state introduce background checks and a three-day wait period on gun sales.
- Morey Wright Jr. (DEM)
Caribbean American Morey Wright Jr. brings fresh energy and new ideas to South Florida politics. His priorities include increasing funding for education, expanding access to affordable healthcare, advocating aggressively for seniors, veterans and small businesses; working to pass sensible gun reform, and protecting the environment from climate change.
- Maureen Porras (DEM)
Maureen’s experience as an attorney defending the rights of vulnerable populations led her to run for office. She has served and protected families for over 11 years and is ready to serve District 105. Her priorities include: investing in public education, criminal justice reform, preserving Florida’s natural resources, supporting women’s reproductive rights, and protecting immigrants within the community.
- Bibiana Potestad (REP)
The local attorney’s objective is to work tirelessly to protect district residents from tax increases and combat the special interests that threaten their quality of life.
- Christopher Benjamin (DEM)
Benjamin is eager to be elected to protect residents of his district and Floridians from the health and economic negatives caused by COVID-19. His immediate priorities are fixing and enhancing Florida’s problematic and inadequate unemployment system, training the unemployed for newly created jobs, assisting failing small businesses, and improving the quality of policing within the state.
- Dotie Joseph (DEM) Incumbent
This attorney, community activist, and civil rights advocate seems poised to be reelected to continue her quest “for equal access to affordable housing, safe communities, quality education, affordable health care, job creation, and improving quality of life for all who live, work, and play in the district.”
- Rosa Maria “Rosy” Palomino (REP)
Palomino is seeking to be elected to the state legislature to put “we the people” back in control of state government. She wants to be involved in not just providing solutions, but also providing conservative solutions that represent the free market, and limited government values.
- Jean-Pierre Bado (DEM)
Bado is seeking to represent District 114 to, among other priorities, fight the potentially devastating effects of climate change, especially the threat from rising waters on South Florida’s coast; support common-sense gun reform to keep schools and neighborhoods safe, as well as create more economic opportunity for residents.
- Daniel Perez (REP) Incumbent
During his first term, Perez showed the type of drive and commitment that deserves voting for him from among his challengers to give him the opportunity to continue his “tireless work for the residents of the district and the residents of Florida.”
- Jessica Laquerre Hylton (DEM)
Hylton is seeking to be the youngest and first black woman to represent this South Miami-Dade district. She is keen on stomping out crime in the district, enhancing the potential for the success of small businesses, creating new opportunities for the youth, and driving homeownership.
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- Tim Ryan (DEM) Incumbent
Tim Ryan has worked hard to make sure Broward County is strong and resilient. His efforts include: creating high wage jobs and helping workers get skills they need, finding innovative solutions to reduce traffic, and protecting water quality and the environment.
- Dale Holness (DEM) Incumbent
Holness, the incumbent Mayor of Broward County, has served the district with utmost diligence over successive terms. He relentlessly fights for benefits for residents and has displayed in recent months as the county struggles with the challenges brought by COVID-19 that he possesses the relevant leadership qualities.
Circuit Judge 16
- George Odom Jr.
George is a former Marine, and a straight shooter. He promises to “bring honor and dedication to the bench.”
Circuit Court Judge Gr. 18
- Kristin Padowitz
Padowitz believes Broward citizens would “benefit by having a more efficiently run court system.” She is also sensitive to the role a person’s socioeconomic circumstances can have on whether they receive saying “A lack of availability to the courts because of one’s socioeconomic circumstances is an injustice I have seen.”
Circuit Court Judge Gr 27
- Frank Ledee
Ledee is a good man. Attorneys who went up against him when he was a Miami-Dade prosecutor, hailed his reputation for being tough and fair.
Circuit Court Judge Gr 30
- Ian Richards
Richards previously served as a good and fair judge and is deserving of another shot on the bench. Although he might always be remembered as the judge who jumped over the bench to protect a witness who was being attacked, he has proven himself to be capable of much more. For example, he streamlined the misdemeanor domestic violence unit; and of the more than 1000 cases and hundreds of jury trials over which he presided, 99 percent of his decisions were upheld.
Circuit Court Judge Gr 50
- Gina Hawkins
County Court Judge Gr 22
- Alison Gilman
County Court Judge Gr 27
- Phoebee Francois
Caribbean American Phoebee Francois is the best candidate in this race. She is super smart, capable, fair and compassionate.
County Court Judge Gr 31
- Sean Conway
Sean stood up to an overly harsh judge and paid the price for it.
- H. Wayne Clark (REP)
Based on experience, Clarke seems the better Republican candidate.
Supervisor of Elections
- Joe Scott (DEM)
Scott, a West Point graduate, who refers to himself as a “tech geek,” has the necessary talents to ensure the county’s electoral system is capably and fairly managed. He will create a system where appropriate technological innovations will ensure votes are not compromised, and in which voters can turn out to vote in large numbers without hindrance, confident their votes will be counted on time.
School Board – District 3
- Heather Brinkworth
School Board – District 9
- Jeff Holness
STATE ATTORNEY – 17th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
- Harold Pryor
Harold Pryor is the right person for this position, especially at a time when people of color are demanding a more equitable justice system. Pryor has firsthand experience of the justice system’s shortcomings for Black people, and believes becoming a part of that system is the best way to reform it. As an Assistant State Attorney of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Pyror prosecuted serious criminal offenses, developing the reputation for being tough yet fair—a trait necessary for the role.
County Public Defender
- Gordon Weekes (DEM)
Caribbean American Weekes is a natural successor to Howard Finkelstein as Broward County’s public defender. The office, which serves mostly blacks and other minorities, could benefit from a candidate who understands them better, Finklestein who is retiring, was quoted as saying. Weekes successfully served as chief assistant public defender in charge of the Juvenile Division.
Clerk of the Court
- Mark Alan Speiser
This is a close race between Paul Backman and Mark Alan Speiser, challenging incumbent Brenda Forman. Essentially, anyone can win this race, but we think Speiser is the most qualified. He will bring to the position a wealth of knowledge and an innovative spirit that will help to move the clerk’s office in a more positive direction. Having been involved in creating the nation’s first mental health court, Florida’s second drug court and Broward County’s first veteran’s court, Speiser shows he can put his out-of-the-box ideas to good use—a characteristic that bodes well for the clerk’s office and the people it serves.
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- Daniella Levine Cava
The former Miami-Dade Commissioner is seeking to emerge as the county’s first female mayor from a strong field of four candidates. She offers a much-needed fresh perspective on the leadership of the myriad problems of this very diverse community.
STATE ATTORNEY, 11TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
- Melba V. Pearson (DEM)
Pearson is an assistant state attorney advocating for criminal justice reform, committed to ending racial disparities within the criminal justice system and safely reducing Miami-Dade’s jail population. She wants to ensure the State Attorney’s Office put new resources and more attention towards bringing justice to domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and stem the criminalization of poverty by ending cash bond requirements for most non-violent offenders.
CIRCUIT JUDGE, 11TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
- Olanike “Nike” Adebayo
- Roderick “Rod” Vereen
- Thomas Rebull
- Marcia Giordano Hansen
- Dava J. Tunis
- Joseph J. Mansfield
- Christine Bandín
- Oliver Gilbert
Gilbert, Mayor of Miami Gardens is in a tight race with Sybrina Fulton, mother of the late slain Miami teenager Trayvon Martin. While Fulton has gained notoriety for her mission against gun violence, and for criminal justice, Gilbert has more experience gained during his tenure as mayor.
- Gepsie M. Metellus
The Haitian American community activist is in a very crowded race of five candidates, vying for this seat. Her tireless community work has prepared her to serve the wider community, and address her priorities to help struggling families, expand opportunities for small businesses, increase affordable housing, and address traffic congestion in the county.
- Eileen Higgins (Incumbent)
As County Commissioner, Higgins has been an advocate for residents and small businesses. She has fought for transportation solutions, championed affordable housing, helped Flagler St. businesses suffering through endless construction recover, and defended the environment and green space.
- Cindy Lerner
The former Mayor of Pinecrest has the necessary experience to represent the district. She is a nationally acclaimed leader on climate change policies—a skill much-needed on the county commission as sea level rises and threatens the coastline.
- Marlon Hill
Hill, an attorney, is a consistent “servant leader” in the Caribbean community. The Jamaican American, business and professional leader, wants “…to elevate what I have been doing for years on a different platform.” He’s seeking election to “help magnify the voices of Miami-Dade residents and needs to the hallways of county government.” His priorities include: providing a solution to the affordable housing crisis, fighting for public transit expansion to ease traffic congestion, preservation of the natural environment, and improving fair and just community policing.
- Robert Asencio
Asencio, a former state representative, promises to place emphasis on solving the grave transportation problem that hinders this district and improving the economic opportunities for the numerous small businesses located within the district.
- Rene Garcia
The former Florida senator has gained significant experience over the years and is suitable to be seated on the county commission where his priorities include providing more affordable housing, freezing property taxes for seniors, addressing mental health and substance abuse issues, and protecting the county’s environment.
- Marisol Zenteno
Zenteno has over fifteen years’ experience as a State General Appraiser. Her goal is to bring the county’s property appraiser’s office into the twenty-first century with stronger support for its diverse workforce.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
- Lucia Baez-Geller
- Christi Fraga
- Marie Flore Lindor-Latortue
- Luisa Santos
COMMUNITY COUNCIL 8, SUBAREA 82: Alethia Emily Hinds
COMMUNITY COUNCIL 11, SUBAREA 114: Christian Cevallos
COMMUNITY COUNCIL 14, SUBAREA 144: Kelli Ann Thomas
COMMUNITY COUNCIL 14, SUBAREA 146: Steven M. Green
COMMUNITY COUNCIL 15, SUBAREA 154: Marvin D. Wilson Sr
CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS
- Lavern Deer
The Jamaican American, who founded the Female Development World Organization Inc. (FDWO) and was a pioneer in the Reggae Girlz development in their historic run to the FIFA World Cup, is focused on education, health, social development and ending the abuse of girls and young women, especially in socio-economically challenged communities. Deer is a Human Trafficking Expert who has worked with Florida legislators to propose language for the Human Trafficking Education in Schools Bill.
Residential Seat 1
- Elvis Caines
Residential Seat 3
- Shannan Ighodaro
At-Large Seat 5
- Francis Ragoo
PALM BEACH COUNTY
(Clerk And Comptroller, Sheriff, County Commission, School Board, Circuit Court And County Court Judges, Soil And Water Conservation, Port Of Palm Beach, Tax Collector)
Clerk and Comptroller
- Joseph Abruzzo (DEM)
- Karen Marcus (REP)
- Dave Kerner (DEM)
- Mark Bernard (DEM)
Circuit Judge 15th Judicial Circuit
- Henry Quinn Johnson
- Adam Myron
County Court Judge
- Debra Moses Stephens
Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation
- Ann Marie Sorrell
- Nicholas T. O’Neal
Port of Palm Beach
GROUP 1 – Wayne M. Richards (DEM)
GROUP 2 – Katherine Waldon (DEM)
GROUP 3 – Clarence “Chief” Williams lll (DEM)
School Board Member
District 1 – Barbara McQuinn
District 2 – Alexandria Marie Ayala
District 5 – Frank Anthony Barbieri, Jr.
- Ric Bradshaw (DEM)
Supervisor of Elections
- Paulette V. Armstead
- Anne M. Gannon (DEM)
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