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Miami-Dade Democrats Endorse David Richardson for City of Miami Beach Commission

David Richardson is a former three-term member of the Florida House of Representatives, Congressional candidate, certified public accountant, and Pentagon auditor. He brings distinct expertise in areas of budgeting and financial oversight, and earned bi-partisan respect during his time as a legislator in Tallahassee for his willingness to work across the aisle. As a member of the Florida House of Representatives , Richardson earned national recognition for inspecting nearly 100 Florida prisons and advocating for improved conditions for inmates, especially for juveniles. He raised more than $2 million as a Congressional candidate, much of it grassroots, and came in a close second to now-Congresswoman Donna Shalala in the Democratic Primary last year.

“David Richardson has represented the people of Miami-Beach for the better part of a decade and continues to embody the type of leadership we need”, said Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chair Steve Simeonidis. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with David to ensure that the City of Miami Beach has an open and transparent government and makes smart investments in fighting sea level rise.”

The endorsement process for the City of Miami Beach, Group 6 originated with an invitation to all registered Democrats in both races to send materials for consideration. The materials submitted highlighted the candidates’ personal backgrounds, experience, and their views on key issues of concern to Democratic Party members, including affordable housing, public transit, and a living wage. A panel of Democratic Party leaders, facilitated by Executive Director Aaron Bos-Lun, then interviewed all candidates, and referred their recommendations to the Democratic Party Steering Committee. These recommendations were in turn approved and referred to the larger Democratic Executive Committee, which voted to support Mr. Richardson.

These municipal endorsements are part of an unprecedented year-long effort on the part of Miami-Dade Democrats to engage voters, organize, and ultimately defeat the White House occupant in 2020 and elect Democrats up and down the ticket.

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Mayor
Dan Gelber

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber

In the Legislature David Richardson, a forensic auditor by trade, proved himself to be a diligent and dogged protector of taxpayer money, I’m confident he would be a splendid addition to our City’s Commission.”

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United Teachers of Dade

“At the United Teachers of Dade, our number one responsibility is to ensure that all of our children have unfettered access to quality public education. As a community and as constituents, we must make it a priority to elect candidates who advocate in the best interests of our students, teachers and public schools. Representative David Richardson’s track record in the Florida legislature on education policy makes him the right person to lead for our educators in Miami Beach. The United Teachers of Dade is proud to support his campaign for Commissioner.” - UTD President Karla Mats

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Service Employees International Union of Florida

The SEIU Florida has extend to David Richardson the endorsement and support for his campaign for the Miami Beach Commission.

With 2.1 million members nationwide, SEIU is North America’s largest and fastest growing union. In Florida, SEIU represents over 55,000 retired and active members who provide vital services to communities across Florida in the Health Care, Public and Building Service sectors. We are committed to uniting workers to improve the quality of their lives, the services they provide and the communities in which they live and work.

We believe we share a common vision for Florida - one in which working families have economic security, rights and a legacy for the next generation.

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UNITE HERE Local 355

County Commissioner
Sally Heyman

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Miami Community Newspapers

“Miami’s Community Newspapers endorses David Richardson in Group VI. Richardson’s green eyeshade and keen eye would be an asset when the City is grappling with putting together the annual budget.”

Congresswoman
Donna Shalala

Commissioner
John Aleman

Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán

“David’s experience as a budget expert and forensic auditor and his extensive work in Tallahassee will provide tremendous value to Miami Beach in both oversight of city expenditures and maximizing state support for our initiatives.”

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SAVE Action PAC proudly supports former State Representative David Richardson in his bid for the Miami Beach Commission.

Champion for LGBTQ rights, he is no stranger to SAVE and our work. We’ve worked closely with David over the years to advance equality in South Florida and can vouch for his commitment to toward LGBTQ rights.

Commissioner
Joy Malakoff

Commissioner Joy Malakoff

“David Richardson will bring great experience and passion to the Commission. His track record of representing our community in the Florida Legislature, coupled with his dedication to the causes that will continue to make Miami Beach a better place is why I proudly endorse David. I know he will make our community proud as our next City Commissioner.”

Philanthropist
Norman Braman

Mayor
Karyn Cunningham

County Commissioner
Eileen Higgins