Joe Biden will headline Miami-Dade Blue Gala next week

Joe Biden
This year's event is going virtual.

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party will host its annual Blue Gala virtually on July 29 and 30, and it will feature a number of political leaders and talented entertainers.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will close the final night of the gala with special remarks for the South Florida community, and a variety of local leaders will precede him.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only state-wide elected Democrat in Florida, will speak on Biden’s behalf on July 30, as will U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Miami-Dade County mayoral candidates Alex Penelas and Daniella Levine Cava will engage in a special forum July 30 at 6:20 p.m. just prior to the gala beginning at 7 p.m.

“COVID-19 has changed the face of campaigning and fundraising, but it has also created a new level of importance for county and state elections, as many residents struggle with basic needs and the insufficient response to the crisis,” said Steve Simeonidis, chair of the Miami Dade Democratic Party.

“We hope to provide a platform for some of our local leaders and endorsed candidates to connect with supporters. We have a significant amount of work ahead to ensure voters understand the significance of these elections, and to help them vote safely.”

The event will be live-streamed and comedian Aaron Shapiro will emcee the proceedings.

“I was honored to have been asked to Chair the 2020 Blue Gala,” said Miami Beach Commissioner David Richardson.

“This is the most important election of our lifetimes, and Miami-Dade will be pivotal in putting Florida back in the Democratic column and Joe Biden in the White House. I appreciate all of our friends and institutions who have stepped up to support our local party this year, including everyone who helped us retool this event as a virtual event. I salute you all.”

Confirmed performers for Wednesday night include:

Carly Jo Jackson, The Nields, Justine Garcia, Excelsis Percussion Quartet, Kaycee Coulee and Donzii

Confirmed speakers for Wednesday night:

David Richardson, Miami Beach Commissioner and Blue Gala Chair

— Miami-Dade School Board candidates:  MarieFlore Lindor Latortue, Lucia BaezGeller, Mara Zapata and Nancy Lawther

Eileen Higgins, Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 5

Cindy Lerner, Former Pinecrest Mayor and candidate for Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 7

— Rep. candidates: Franccesca CestiBrowne, Clint Barras and Ricky Junquera

— Rep. Dotie Joseph

Confirmed performers for Thursday night:

Kimberley Locke, HuDost, Robbie Elias, Venis Tiarra, Carla Bordonada, Walshy Fire, Oigo, Richard Blanco, Travis Knapp

Confirmed speakers for Thursday night:

Terrie Rizzo, Florida Democratic Party Chair

— Rep. Javier Fernandez

— Rep. Nick Duran

— Rep. Cindy Polo

— Rep. Kionne McGhee, House Minority leader

Nikki Fried, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

— U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala,

Joe Biden, U.S. Presidential candidate and former Vice President

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  • jon

    July 23, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    He will not even know where he is!

  • kenneth

    July 23, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    How do you like Democrat Socialism? PORT, NY, CHI, ATL, WA, DC Minneapolis just to mention a few. All Democrat leadership doing the same thing…..nothing. Just like the third world isn’t it. Democrat Mayors ordering Police to stand down while the city is looted, burned. citizens beaten in the streets, monuments destroyed, police stations actually taken over and allowed to be occupied. The Governors do nothing as well. Antifa and BLM (founder is a Marxist) are the criminals behind this.

    Joe has recently stated that Police need to be de-funded If Joe Biden is elected America will be on fire.

    Biden wants to “transform America” If you vote for Joe Biden, you are voting for Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren’s far left platform.. Joe will follow the radical left’s agenda or Joe won’t get the support (and he is) of Nancy Pelosi, Val Demings, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Valerie Jarrett,. Rashida Talib, Stacy Abrams, Ayanna Pressley, Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Tom Perez, Maxine Waters, Al Green, and llhan Omar.

    This is the core of the socialists leftist wing of the Democrat party and are firmly in charge not old , confused Joe Biden. Biden will be a puppet to a liberal VP, Pelosi, Schumer, AOC plus 3 and the rest..

    Democrats want to make this election all about President Trump. NOT their platform & Goals and Joe Biden for obvious reasons.

    Democrat Platform & Goals: (Do you even know?)

    *Citizenship for 20 to 50 million illegal aliens, DACA, TPS recipients and their families with a cost of billions.

    *Massive tax increases. All Democrat candidates have committed to tax increases of various amounts. Biden has stated he will raise taxes.

    *Sanctuary Cities & States. Joe Biden supports sanctuary cities.

    *Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Green new deal.(which would create massive unemployment, 100,000 jobs estimated in the transportation industry alone.) Joe Biden supports.

    *De-fund & terminate border patrol & ICE.

    *De-fund Police. “re-imagine law enforcement” (the left’s new term.) Basically BLM is determining where your taxes go and it’s not to law enforcement. Biden recently stated his endorsement of “redirecting law enforcement finds.”

    *Free Healthcare for Illegal aliens, DACA, TPS recipients (taxpayer funded with one estimate at 52 trillion) Joe Biden endorsed.

    *Ending of all private / employer based health care. “Medicare for all”, Feds run everything.

    *Illegal Aliens eligible for welfare & food stamps. (Elizabeth Warren’s plan adopted) Endorsed by Biden.

    *Reparations for race’s harmed by Caucasians. Joe Biden committed to support Sheila Jackson Lee’s reparations bill in the House. Basically a tax will be levied on all Caucasians in America. (you can’t make this stuff up)

    *Free college for all, including illegal aliens (taxpayer funded with estimates in the billions. Bernie Sanders plan adopted.

    *Decriminalization of illegal entry into our country.

    *Open Borders.

    *End all deportations of illegal aliens, if you get here, you stay. Bernie’s website calls it a “moratorium” on deportations.

    *Drivers Licenses for illegal aliens (already happening in states with Democrat leadership. Biden endorsed

    *Late term abortions up to 9 months.

    * Destruction and erasing our history.

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