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Candidate Erhabor Ighodaro Called Out For Running Homophobic State Senate Campaign Against Rep. Shevrin Jones

Six candidates are vying to become the next state senator in Florida’s 35th District, a territory that includes parts of northern Miami-Dade County and the southern portion of Broward. At a campaign event last Thursday, Miami Gardens Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro, a Democrat, made his pitch for why he’s the best option for voters.

“We still have people who have values in the Democratic Party. And we have values — we’re gonna fight for our families, yes,” he told supporters. “There is an image that God says a marriage should look like, that families should look like. And that’s what we’re gonna fight for.”

Critics say the remarks seemed to be a response to Ighodaro’s most formidable opponent, state Rep. Shevrin Jones, the first openly gay black lawmaker elected to the Florida Legislature. Yesterday the LGBTQ Victory Fund — a D.C.-based political organization that works to elect LGBTQ candidates — admonished Ighodaro for his comments and said they are representative of a larger “homophobic” campaign against Jones.

To left: State Rep. Shevrin Jones. To Right Miami Gardens Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro. Both are among six candidates vying to become the next state senator in Florida’s 35th District.

This story was originally published for the Miami New Times and written by Jessica Lipscomb. To read this full story click here.

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