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Candidate for Miami-Dade commission collapses during candidate forum, later dies


Daisy Black, a former El Portal mayor who was Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson’s lone challenger in the District 3 race, died Wednesday after collapsing during a candidate forum with local labor unions, according to multiple people close to Black, including the head of Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

“Today the candle went out on the life of a woman that has inspired myself and countless others. Mayor Daisy Black was an incredible leader and fixture in the Democratic Party,” State Sen. Dwight Bullard, chairman of the county Democratic Party, posted on his Facebook page. “She made Miami-Dade County a better place to live by her mere presence and will be so missed by me and those who were blessed to know her.”

Friends who gathered at Hialeah Hospital Wednesday afternoon were told of her death, Edmonson said, but the hospital declined to comment on Black’s condition Wednesday night.

The 68-year-old was finishing up her appearance before a panel of interviews for the AFL-CIO’s high-stakes candidate screening on Wednesday when she collapsed around 11 a.m. , according to multiple accounts from the event. A senior member of the firefighter’s union performed CPR on Black until paramedics arrived.

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