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Your Caribbean-American 2010 Primary Election Voters’ Guide

By: Dr. Marcia Magnus

SOUTH FLORIDA – As concerned Caribbean-Americans in South Florida, we have developed this Voters’ Guide to help you choose the more appropriate candidates in this primary election.

We recommend that you vote for the following candidates because we believe they are more likely to promote the interests of Caribbean-American people in South Florida. We have watched political news programs, read local and national newspapers, attended candidate forums, and consulted with local community leaders. We have assessed the candidates based on their positions or policies, including, but not limited to, U.S. immigration, education, the American justice system, healthcare, affirmative action, economic opportunity, and civil rights.

From our six (6) Voters’ guides here, identify YOUR Voter’s Guide by county (Broward, Miami-Dade) and by party affiliation (Republican, Democrat, Non-partisan). Let’s take history and double the voter turnout. Take another voter to vote with you.

For more information, call Marcia Magnus, Caribbean-American Politically Active Citizens, 954-454-7473.

August 9 – Early voting begins
August 18 – Deadline for requests for absentee ballots to be mailed
August 24 – Primary Election Day

Top 10 Reasons to vote in the August 2010 Primary Election

2010 Primary Election Voters’ Guide
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1. There are 90 Broward county judges, 15 are women; 79 are White. Only 5 of Broward’s 90 judges are Black. There are 5 Black judges running in the 2010 primary election. Broward County has never elected a Black female judge.

Judges should be qualified with a breadth of experience and possess the judgment and life experience to engage a diverse community. The Broward judiciary is in dire need of greater diversity.

2. Vote because today we CAN vote. Your vote will honor the hundreds of  Black Americans who toiled and protested to help pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act when they began the 5-day 51-mile walk, against law enforcement resistance on Bloody Sunday, from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Honor their pain and resilience and take a few minutes to vote in this primary election.

3. Vote to honor the millions of African Americans who could NOT vote because unjust laws required that they either recite parts of the US Constitution, or pay a voting poll tax, or they had to provide proof that they owned land. We can vote today because of their struggle yesterday.

4. Vote in this primary election because today we stand on the shoulders of those who were beaten, lynched, and killed; for the African Americans who faced burning KKK crosses; for the churches which were bombed just because activists tried to change unjust voting laws. Rosa Parks tried to register three times because of these unjust laws.

5. We, as taxpayers, all get to pay for the voting machines and the staff for this primary election, whether the primary voter turnout is the usual 10% or higher!

6. Election day is the one day that every American is, in theory, equal. We can all vote, if you are registered and if you take the time.

7. Have you noticed that complaining about the criminal justice system with your friends and family has not really changed anything? Vote in this primary election to ensure that your judiciary is reflective of your community.

8. Vote for candidates who are more sensitive to Caribbean-American issues—immigration, the economy, the criminal justice system, or education.

9. It’s easier than you think to vote when you use your Caribbean-American Voters’ Guide.

10. SuperVoters (people who vote in every election—primary and general elections) have a major influence on who wins elections. SuperVoters are usually older adults, more educated, White, and earn more than $50,000 a year. Because SuperVoters vote for people of their own interest(s), it is easier for people to win elections just because of their names or backgrounds. Become a SuperVoter today. Ensure that your voter registration is updated, identify your precinct, review your sample ballot, educate yourself on the candidates and issues, and vote early, by absentee ballot, or on election day.

There are NO EXCUSES.

Your Caribbean American Voters’ Guide

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY OUR CHOICE FOR REPUBLICANS

UNITED STATES SENATOR Marco Rubio

*REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, DISTRICT 20 Robert Lowry

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, DISTRICT 25 David Rivera

GOVERNOR/LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Bill McCollum

ATTORNEY GENERAL Jeff Kottkamp

*STATE SENATOR…
DISTRICT 36 Julio Robaina
DISTRICT 38 Anitere Flores

*STATE REPRESENTATIVE
DISTRICT 104 John Patrick Julien
DISTRICT 107 Gustavo Barreiro
DISTRICT 108 Alix Desulme
DISTRICT 109 Cynthia A. Stafford
DISTRICT 112 Jeanette Nunez
DISTRICT 115 Jose Felix Diaz
DISTRICT 116 Carlos Trujillo
DISTRICT 117 Jose M Pazos
DISTRICT 120 Morgan J. McPherson

*CIRCUIT JUDGE, 11TH CIRCUIT…
GROUP 45 Peter Adrien
GROUP 62 Robert Kuntz

*COUNTY JUDGE…
GROUP 7 Manuel “Manny” Alvarez
GROUP 11 Flora Seff

*SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER…
DISTRICT 2 Ronda Vangates
DISTRICT 4 Perla Tabares Hantman
DISTRICT 6 Raquel Regalado
DISTRICT 7 Carlos L. Curbelo

*BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS…
DISTRICT 2 Dorrin Rolle
DISTRICT 8 Annette Taddeo
DISTRICT 10 Javier Souto
DISTRICT 12 Jose “Pepe” Diaz

COMMUNITY COUNCIL 10…
SUBAREA 103 Richard M. Gomez
SUBAREA 106 Bobbi Farias

COMMUNITY COUNCIL 11 AT-LARGE Patricia “Shannen” Davis

County Questions:

–Charter Amendment Eliminating the Office of County Manager………………NO 201

–Home Rule Charter Amendment Authorizing
County Commission to Abolish Municipalities
Of Twenty Or Fewer Electors………………………………………………….YES 202

–Home Rule Charter Amendment Relating to Franchises……………………….NO 205

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY OUR CHOICE FOR DEMOCRATS

UNITED STATES SENATOR
Kendrick A. Meek

*REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS…
DISTRICT 17 Shirley Gibson
DISTRICT 25 Joe Garcia

GOVERNOR/LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Alex Sink

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Dan Gelber

*STATE SENATOR

DISTRICT 35 Kevin Burns

*STATE REPRESENTATIVE
DISTRICT 104 John Patrick Julien
DISTRICT 108 Alix Desulme
DISTRICT 109 Cynthia A. Stafford
DISTRICT 112 Jeanette Nunez
DISTRICT 114 Millie Herrera
DISTRICT 118 Dwight M. Bullard

*CIRCUIT JUDGE, 11TH CIRCUIT…
GROUP 45 Peter Adrien
GROUP 62 Robert Kuntz

*COUNTY JUDGE…
GROUP 7 Manuel “Manny” Alvarez
GROUP 11 Flora Seff

*SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER…
DISTRICT 2 Ronda Vangates
DISTRICT 4 Perla Tabares Hantman
DISTRICT 6 Raquel Regalado
DISTRICT 7 Carlos L. Curbelo

*BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS…
DISTRICT 2 Dorrin Rolle
DISTRICT 8 Annette Taddeo
DISTRICT 10 Javier Souto
DISTRICT 12 Jose “Pepe” Diaz

COMMUNITY COUNCIL 10…
SUBAREA 103 Richard M. Gomez
SUBAREA 106 Bobbi Farias

COMMUNITY COUNCIL 11 AT-LARGE Patricia “Shannen” Davis

County Questions:
–Charter Amendment Eliminating the Office of County Manager………………NO 201

–Home Rule Charter Amendment Authorizing
County Commission to Abolish Municipalities
Of Twenty Or Fewer Electors…………………………….YES 202

–Home Rule Charter Amendment Relating to Franchises……………………….NO 205

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY OUR CHOICE FOR Non-Partisan

*STATE REPRESENTATIVE…

DISTRICT 104 John Patrick Julien
DISTRICT 108 Alix Desulme
DISTRICT 109 Cynthia A. Stafford

*CIRCUIT JUDGE, 11TH CIRCUIT…
GROUP 45 Peter Adrien
GROUP 62 Robert Kuntz

*COUNTY JUDGE…
GROUP 7 Manuel “Manny” Alvarez
GROUP 11 Flora Seff

*SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER…
DISTRICT 2 Ronda Vangates
DISTRICT 4 Perla Tabares Hantman
DISTRICT 6 Raquel Regalado
DISTRICT 7 Carlos L. Curbelo

*BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS…
DISTRICT 2 Dorrin Rolle
DISTRICT 8 Annette Taddeo
DISTRICT 10 Javier Souto
DISTRICT 12 Jose “Pepe” Diaz

COMMUNITY COUNCIL 10…
SUBAREA 103 Richard M. Gomez
SUBAREA 106 Bobbi Farias

COMMUNITY COUNCIL 11 AT-LARGE Patricia “Shannen” Davis

County Questions:

–Charter Amendment Eliminating the Office of County Manager………………NO 201

–Home Rule Charter Amendment Authorizing
County Commission to Abolish Municipalities
Of Twenty Or Fewer Electors…………………….YES 202

–Home Rule Charter Amendment Relating to Franchises……………….NO 205

BROWARD COUNTY OUR CHOICE FOR REPUBLICANS

United States Senator Marco Rubio

*Representative in Congress

District 20 Robert Lowry

Representative in Congress
District 22 Allen West

Governor and Lieutenant Governor Rick Scott

Attorney General
Pam Bondi

*State Senator District 25 Ellen Bogandoff

*State Representative…

District 91 David Maymon
District 112 Jeanette Nunez

County Commission District 8

Christopher Max Ziadie

*Circuit Judge…
Group 2 Kenneth L. Gillespie
Group 4 Elijan H. Williams
Group 6 Carlos A. Rodriquez
Group 9 Susan Lebow
Group 15 Matthew Isaac Destry
Group 22 Carlos Rebollo
Group 23 Barbara Anne McCarthy
Group 24 Olga Levine
Group 47 Lisa Porter
Group 51 Sandra Perlman
Group 53 Eileen O’Connor

*County Judge
Group 1 John Robert Howes
Group 3 Peter Barry Skolnik
Group 4 Edward H. Merrigan, Jr
Group 12 John “Jay” Hurley
Group 13 Linda R. Pratt
Group 14 Mary Rudd Robinson
Group 15 Roshwan Banks
Group 20 Kenneith “Ken” Gottlieb
Group 26 F.J. McLawrence

*School Board…
District 1 Ann Murray
District 2 Kevin Tynan
District 4 Robert W. Sutton
District 6 Phyllis C. Hope
District 7 Nora Rupert
District 8 Susan Eleanor Madori

BROWARD COUNTY OUR CHOICE FOR NON-PARTISAN

*Circuit Judge…
Group 2 Kenneth L. Gillespie
Group 4 Elijan H. Williams
Group 6 Carlos A. Rodriquez
Group 9 Susan Lebow
Group 15 Matthew Isaac Destry
Group 22 Carlos Rebollo
Group 23 Barbara Anne McCarthy
Group 24 Olga Levine
Group 47 Lisa Porter
Group 51 Sandra Perlman
Group 53 Eileen O’Connor

*County Judge
Group 1 John Robert Howes
Group 3 Peter Barry Skolnik
Group 4 Edward H. Merrigan, Jr
Group 12 John “Jay” Hurley
Group 13 Linda R. Pratt
Group 14 Mary Rudd Robinson
Group 15 Roshwan Banks
Group 20 Kenneth “Ken” Gottlieb
Group 26 F.J. McLawrence

*School Board…
District 1 Ann Murray
District 2 Kevin Tynan
District 4 Robert W. Sutton
District 6 Phyllis C. Hope
District 7 Nora Rupert
District 8 Susan Eleanor Madori

BROWARD COUNTY – OUR CHOICE FOR DEMOCRATS

UNITED STATES SENATOR

Kendrick B. Meek

*REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 17 Shirley Gibson

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS DISTRICT 22 Ron Klein

GOVERNOR/ LT. GOVERNOR Alex Sink

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Dan Gelber

*STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 35 Kevin Burns

*STATE REPRESENTATIVE…
DISTRICT 90 Irving “Irv” Slosberg
DISTRICT 92 Gwyndolen “Gwyn” Clarke-Reed
DISTRICT 94 Hazelle P. Rogers
DISTRICT 112 Sandra Ruiz

*COUNTY COMMISSION…
DISTRICT 4 Beverly Kennedy
DISTRICT 6 Suzanne “Sue” Gunzburger
DISTRICT 8 Barbara Sharief
DISTRICT 9 Dale V.C. Holness

* Circuit Judge
Group 2 Kenneth L. Gillespie
Group 4 Elijah H. Williams
Group 6 Carlos A. Rodriquez
Group 9 Susan Lebow
Group 15 Matthew Isaac Destry
Group 22 Carlos Rebollo
Group 23 Barbara Anne McCarthy
Group 24 Olga Levine
Group 47 Lisa Porter
Group 51 Sandra Perlman
Group 53 Eileen O’Connor

*County Judge
Group 1 John Robert Howes
Group 3 Peter Barry Skolnik
Group 4 Edward H. Merrigan, Jr
Group 12 John “Jay” Hurley
Group 13 Linda R. Pratt
Group 14 Mary Rudd Robinson
Group 15 Roshwan Banks
Group 20 Kenneth “Ken” Gottlieb
Group 26 F.J. McLawrence

*School Board…
District 1 Ann Murray
District 2 Kevin Tynan
District 4 Robert W. Sutton
District 6 Phyllis C. Hope
District 7 Nora Rupert
District 8 Susan Eleanor Madori

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