Florida Black caucus leaders, scores of African-American officials endorse Hillary Clinton


A day after Hillary Clinton won a majority of Democratic delegates up for grabs in last night’s Super Tuesday primaries – partly on the strength of her support in minority communities – about 100 African-American Florida elected officials came out in support the former Secretary of State’s bid for the White House.

Among them were the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, and its new chairman Tampa state Rep. Ed Narain.

“Hillary Clinton is the leader who will always stand and fight for communities of color across Florida – and we are standing with her,” Narain said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. “As president, she will end the school to prison pipeline, reform our broken criminal justice system, address gun violence, and make college affordable so that every student can get an education.”

The most senior black legislator in Florida, Sen. Arthenia Joyner, echoed Narain’s sentiments Wednesday.

“Hillary Clinton has been a courageous fighter for civil rights and those without a voice her entire life. Her first job after law school was with the Children’s Defense Fund, where she worked to separate young people incarcerated in adult jails,” Joyner said. “As president, she will stay that course – protecting voting rights, fixing our broken criminal justice system, and building on President Obama‘s progress.”

Jacksonville state Rep. Mia Jones and Gadsden County Commission Chairwoman Brenda Holt also issued emphatic endorsements of Clinton, whose spouse former President Bill Clinton is sometimes jokingly referred to as “the first black president” for his strong rapport with the African-American community.

Jacksonville U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown also officially came out in support of Clinton’s campaign, as did state Sens. Oscar BraynonAudrey Gibson, and Geraldine Thompson.

Conspicuously absent from the list of African-American Clinton backers was Cutler Bay Sen. Dwight Bullard, known as perhaps the state Senate’s most progressive member.

Ryan Ray

Ryan Ray covers politics and public policy in North Florida and across the state. He has also worked as a legislative researcher and political campaign staffer. He can be reached at ryan@floridapolitics.com.


  • Edenton B

    March 4, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Hillary Clinton is a racist who said “BLACT CHILDREN ARE ANIMALS and WE MUST BRING THEM TO HEEL”

  • Edenton B

    March 4, 2016 at 10:33 am

    “BLACK CHILDREN ARE ANIMALS and WE MUST BRING THEM TO HEEL”, Hillary Clinton wants so bad the Black vote that she says anything to get it! IGNORANCE IS BLISS.

  • Mrs. Celeste Myers Dobbs

    June 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Who Well Help, Black Lives Matters! Justice For All.

    Black innocent man tortured for 9 years by Florida authorities to avenge and appease a wealthy family.

    I am Mrs. Celeste Dobbs, the mother of John Dobbs, I am asking for your help in this matter.
    Re: John Dobbs; Florida DC (inmate no. C00618) Stand Your Ground, Color of Law.
    The incident occurred in Florida on October 25,2006 “Stand your Ground”,
    4 against 1, defending him self with only his fist against 4 unknown men he pulled out his legal length pocket knife when his girlfriend tried to get them off him, they attacked her, what start out as a fist fight ended up with one of his attackers killed, the decease came from a wealthy family. John and his girlfriend were the only Black people in the altercation, his attackers were described as White John was the only one arrested, John complained of felling faint and dizzy, he was never taking to the hospital for his cuts and bruises but his attackers were taking to the hospital from the crime scene were their wounds were cared for.
    The complaining witnesses were allowed to comment perjury in order to get a guilty verdict.
    The states witness Allison Wright a crime scene investigator (she process the scene, collected the evidence, process the evidences, photograph and collect buccal swabs from suspects and things of that nature) worked for The Orange County Sheriff Office, her evidences proved John’s innocent. But it was ignored he was found guilty of all 12 charges, and given a life sentence and 35 years.
    John spoke on the instructions given to the jury in his book located on his website americanmekinguniversal.org, Must Read Short Story “American Me Law vs. Law Enforcement” on page 60 “Magic Trick” to page 68 “Lose My Right.”
    We are looking for equal protection of the law, my son believes that the only way to get that basic on the political inferences surrounding public support, we are looking for representation by a capable law firm that won’t be shaken, there’s been a lot of due proceed violations some significant. Please help however you can support the cause sign his petition on americanmekinguniversal.org.
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