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Picking sides in race to replace Frederica Wilson

Democratic Rep.-elect Frederica Wilson is not resigning her Florida Senate seat until Dec. 31, but candidates are already lining up to replace her -- and at least one of them is trying to take an early lead by touting an endorsement from...ex-gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink.

State Rep. Oscar Braynon II of Miami Gardens out out a statement Friday quoting Sink calling him "exactly the type of fresh, energetic leader that we need in Tallahassee right now."

The backing from Sink, who lost to Gov.-elect Rick Scott, might seem surprising elsewhere, but not in the solidly Democratic state Senate District 33 where Sink swept Scott.

Braynon is not the only candidate vying for Wilson's North Miami-Dade seat. Former Democratic state Reps. Phillip Brutus, James Bush III and Yolly Roberson -- who ran unsuccessfully against Wilson for Congress -- have also said they are in the running. Other candidates who have filed to run: former state Rep. Darryl Reaves, who recently ran for Miami-Dade School Board; Nadia Pierre, an assistant to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, and Joshua Larose, the lone Republican on the list. A special election has not yet been set.

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George Fuller

MOVE ONE EMPTY SUIT OUT....WITH HAT......AND MOVE ANOTHER IN

Wilson introduced a bill to ban the term illegal alien.....which is the Fed description for people here illegally......

This is the type of idiocy you get with balkanization....

trueservice

You would think the Herald would be more responsible than that --- spreading such unsubstantiated rumors should be way below the Herald but, unfortunately that does not seem to be the case

trueservice

You would think the Herald would be more responsible than that --- spreading such unsubstantiated rumors should be way below the Herald but, unfortunately that does not seem to be the case

boyztomen

Oii in '12!

Stephen

Rep. Braynon has served Miami Gardens and District 103 very well. Looking forward to his continued service in the State Senate!

tired of the nonsense

wow, let's see most of the people running up there (but for Braynon) ran for Congress didn't they. I know many of the people listed and I think Oscar Brayon and Nadia Pierre seem to represent the new, energetic individual needed to get something done in this community. The others are old guard that has had their chance and not produced much in the way of positive results.

This wil be an election in our neighborhood for our neighborhood. Let's get out to vote whether it be on election day or by voting early or by absentee.

Time to send a message that this community cannot be ignored and we do matter!

I want someone new with fresh ideas and energy who will work hard each and every day for us. Let's give our support to the candidate that shows us that energy, and not more of the same old nonsense........

Tired of the Old: In with the New

This race is a no brainer…. Sink has obviously done a little bit of homework in this race!

Candidate #1 (Democrat) 6 years in State House - no sponsored bills passed, 5th place finish in his last election plus two previous election losses

Candidate #2 (Democrat) 2 years in State House - no sponsored bills passed, 8th place finish in his last election plus two previous election losses

Candidate #3 (Republican) – unknown pariah, qualifying check bounced in Miami Beach Mayoral race, filed to run for US Senate in Florida and NY (as a Democrat) simultaneously!

Candidate #4 (Democrat) - Public Relations Aide to possibly-recalled Mayor Carlos Alvarez. No elected experience and she’s abandoning the bosses’ ship before it hits the bottom? Great PR for the Mayor!

Candidate #5 (Democrat) 2 years in State House -
Loser in recent School Board District 2 race in 2010
Loser in School Board District 2 Race in (Run-off) 2006
Loser in School Board District 2 Race in (Primary) 2006
Loser for State House District 109 in 2002
Loser (as Republican) for State Senate Seat 40 in 1998
Loser for County Commission Race in 1996
Loser again in County Commission Race in 1993
Loser for US Congress in 1992
WHAT A PERFECT RECORD “0-8”!

Liv Bug

Oscar Braynon has demonstrated a continued commitment to Miami Gardens over the past 6 years. With such an exemplary record, he is the most qualified candidate to fill the position.

Walsh

Def think its time to vote in a winner who has a good track record of making the people who voted in winners with him..

Confidently Voting Oscar Braynon!

Louis

I'm a resident of Miiami Gardens and they're has been a change since Oscar Braynon been in office,and for the better.I know if he is running for the vacant seat,he has my vote.New Blood in New times


Go Braynon

Terri

Miami Gardens never looked so good. You can see it with you own eye, businesses, beautification and clean. Maybe Braynon can impact that whole district the same way.
GO BRAYNON

LR

In the years I've been following Oscar Braynon, he's been nothing but candid, caring about his district and consistent in his voting. Braynon is a natural leader. He's got my vote!

Nedra Jones

All of you Oscar Braynon supporters need to tell it like it realy is. Miami Gardens look good because of the hard work of Mayor Gibson and Vice Mayor Campbell. Give credit where credit is due to the rightful owner and not an opportunist like Braynon who's claiming credits for other's hard work.

Oscar is a tipical career politician, aside from him taking credit from others, can someone please specify the so call changes that he made or how his work impact or benefited the community.

Johnny Boy

Oscar Braynon is slated to replace Congresswoman-elect Frederica Wilson by the usual suspects, the lobbyist who defends nonthing but their interest, and the Meek's who want to continue their under handed dealings and exploitation of the black community.

If you all think Oscar is a candid politician, wake up and smell the coffee, same old games different player. The State Senate District 33 is a diverse district which consists of more then just Miami Gardens. We the people of district 33 will not tolerate the exploitation scheme. Thank God it's a new era.

frantzfanfan

Rudy Moise is the best candidate for the State Senate Seat.

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