The conservative Christian Family Coalition has endorsed Joe Martinez for mayor of Miami-Dade County in the upcoming Aug. 14 election.
Martinez, currently the commission chairman, is opposing incumbent Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Also running: Edna Diaz, Gary Johnson, Farid Khavari, Helen Williams and Denny Wood.
Here is the Coalition's news release, including other new endorsements for commission and Miami-Dade County School Board:
"It is with great pride today that we endorse Joe Martinez, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for mayor of Miami-Dade County. Chairman Martinez has a keen understanding of the unique problems facing our diverse community from the foreclosure and healthcare crisis facing our families, to issues of speech equality, allowing an invocation at the start of County commission meetings, to his respect for marriage as one man, one woman. His bold approach to these difficult matters is to bring people together and build bridges of understanding, in a community which is sometimes polarized, it is refreshing to see an elected official who has the ability to unite all of us as one. We look forward to working closely with Chairman Martinez in the coming days and weeks as we labor to make Miami-Dade County, the world class community that it is"
Additional endorsements for the Board of Miami-Dade County Commissioners include:
District 1 - Shirley Gibson
District 3 - Keon Hardemon
District 11 - Manny Machado
In the Miami-Dade School Board race:
District 5 - Daniel "Dan" Espino