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.