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This election as we all know will be a historic one based on the presidential election alone. If Joe Biden is elected Kamala Harris will be the first Black women Vice President. However, locally there will be some Black Queens making their mark on our political landscape. Here in South Florida there are Black women running for office also that want to get in on the political Black Girl Magic. Hy-Lo News is endorsing and co-signing the following dope Black women candidates who are running for various offices across South Florida. Get into our list.

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Nancy Metayer for Coral Springs Commissioner

Nancy Metayer has called Coral Springs her home for over 20 years. As a graduate of Coral Springs Charter School and a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, she is truly a product of Coral Springs. Nancy earned her Bachelor of Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and her Masters from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently serves on the Broward County Commission on the Status of Women City of Coral Springs Neighborhood Environmental Committee and Customer Involved Government Committee. She is a passionate, skilled and qualified leader for the future.

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Linda Julian for Miami Gardens Council Seat 5

Linda Julien is a Miami Gardens resident and homeowner who values building community through solid relationships, economic development, sustainability, and affordability. She has served as a loyal public servant for the last seven years throughout Miami Dade County municipalities, focusing on economic development, procurement, and workforce development. Currently, she serves as an Economic Development Manager supporting local businesses in their efforts to succeed. One of Linda’s most notable projects is Sole Mia, a 4 Billion dollar, 15-year mixed-use development, public/private partnership between a local municipality and the development team of Soffer and LeFrak. With her public work throughout South Florida, Linda was appointed to the City of Miami Gardens Charter Review Commission. She said she is a champion of the city and looks forward to a continued career in public service to ensure residents that residents’ needs and policies are aligned.

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Michelle Jones for Tamarac City Commission, District 1

Michelle Jones, also known as know Chef Jones, has served the community of Tamarac as a culinary professional for more than a decade and she holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Keiser University, bachelor’s degree in culinary management and Education and an Associate degree in residential design. Jones, who’s a single mother, currently is a Psychosocial Rehabilitation consultant. She said she has seen the challenges and opportunities this city faces first hand, and she strives to work with the community in the most effective way possible. If elected, Jones will be the first African-American woman to sit on the City of Tamarac commission board. Her goals for serving the City of Tamarac include working with the school board on the alternative school’s curriculum when it comes to children with learning challenges and mental health, creating more affordable housing for senior residents to lower the tax burden and working with community leaders and the police department to build trust with the community.

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Melissa P. Dunn for City of Lauderhill Commissioner Seat 2

Melissa P. Dunn is a small business owner and community activist who has devoted her career to promoting economic stimulus, health and wellness, and quality of life issues throughout South Florida. With a degree in Sociology from Judson College in Marion, AL, and an MBA from Florida International University, Melissa has managed her business under the philosophy that you can raise profits while also raising awareness. Since 2013, Melissa has been actively involved with the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving as a board member from 2014 to 2019, as Board President. She has served on the NBC6 Making a Difference Community Action Board, the Visit Lauderhill Advisory Committee, and Prosperity Broward’s Marketing Committee. She is a business-minded moderate who believes that the best way to effect social change is to show how what is good for the community really is good for business.

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Tamara James for Dania Beach City Commission

Tamara James is a leader, community advocate, University of Miami alumna, retired WNBA athlete, world traveler, mother, and Commissioner of Dania Beach. James’ ongoing mission is to strengthen society with her exemplary leadership, starting with her beloved Dania Beach, the city she was proudly born and raised in. As the youngest mayor in the history of Dania Beach, garnering the most votes in history, Tamara has a fervent passion for providing Dania Beach residents with transparent leadership, safe practices, and viable community programs to create a thriving, unified environment for all citizens; so much so that they co-named a street “Tamara James Ave”, a true testament to her love and dedication to her community. She is now running for Dania Beach city commission to continue her work in the her community.

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Ann Marie Sorrell for Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District Seat 2

Ann Marie Sorrell was born in Jamaica and migrated to Pahokee, Florida with her family to be with her grandfather who was a farmworker in the sugarcane industry. Growing up in Pahokee, she was rooted Palm Beach county’s thriving agricultural community and our beautiful Lake Okeechobee which supplies fresh water to residents in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. Ann Marie is a philanthropist, award-winning business leader, author, columnist, and woman of faith. She lives out loud and is unapologetic in her support of the many causes that are important to her, which include: social justice, issues impacting women and minorities, economic development, environment and conservation, and health & wellness. Ann Marie is the President & CEO of The Mosaic Group, an award-winning public relations, marketing, and government relations firm serving clients throughout the United States and Caribbean. She is the President & Co-founder of Cannabiziac – a global Cannabiz Incubator, Accelerator, and CoWork community for the cannabis industry.

Salute to all these Black Queens!

If you haven’t already, make sure you vote on November 3rd. For more information on voting and all you need to know about elections, check out the Black Collective’s #BlackFirst 2020 voting guide.

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