The debate of CD 20 highlights a broad agreement on the questions, a contrasting experience

With little division between them on issues such as affordable housing, gun control and the extension of Medicaid to more people, Wednesday’s debate between candidates to represent Congressional District 20 became an experience competition on each subject.

Trinidad Health Care Services CEO Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Rep. Bobby dubose and Omari hardy, Broward County Commissioners Dale holness and Barbara charief and sen. Perry thurston debated Wednesday for the right to succeed the late representative of the United States. Alcee hastings.

The Broward County Council of Democratic Presidents’ Clubs and Caucuses hosted the online candidate forum and selected the candidates from nearly a dozen Democrats who qualified to compete in the Nov. 2 Democratic primary. They were chosen to appear based on their fundraising prowess. and other factors.

Candidates were asked if they would support a federal initiative to expand Medicaid in Florida through budget reconciliation, as the representative of the United States. Ted deutch has proposed. It would only take a simple majority to get around what Republican state leaders have blocked. All the candidates were in favor of this happening and some took the opportunity to highlight their own actions to make healthcare more affordable.

“The Florida House Democratic Caucus… sent a letter to the Senate and House leadership (in Washington, DC) urging efforts to do this, this exact thing,” DuBose said of Medicaid’s expansion in Florida, as most states have already done under affordable care. Act.

Sharief highlighted his nine years on a national, bipartisan healthcare steering committee.

“I came up with an idea to create a Medicaid II that was managed federally by the same people who run Palmetto GBA,” said Sharief, a South Carolina-based Medicare administrator. “I also came up with another idea that the FDA would negotiate prescription drug costs with other countries for drugs that affect diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.”

Presented with statistics that show homeownership in Broward and Palm Beach counties has narrowed as the rent-to-pay gap widened, Hardy took the opportunity to Highlight her experience working for a housing provider, housing authority and serving the Palm Beach County Housing Executive Board.

He pointed out that housing assistance is a category of assistance that few people are eligible for, unlike 100% of eligible Medicare beneficiaries.

“More than three-quarters – 76% – who are entitled to housing assistance never receive housing assistance because the waiting lists for a Section 8 voucher … go on for years,” he said. . Hardy said he believes the federal government should invest $ 2.5 trillion in affordable housing over the next 10 years to build more. “So we have to make housing assistance a right and make sure that everyone who is entitled to it gets it.”

Holness, a real estate agent and mortgage broker, said he wanted Section 8 bonds extended and used for homeownership.

“This is something we can do to expand home ownership,” Holness said. “Second… the federal government must reward communities that do what is necessary to provide affordable housing by funding the programs they have, such as housing funds (block grants)… that accrue to local communities. “

In conclusion, Cherfilus-McCormick highlighted his success in the healthcare industry and his long-standing dedication in this field. His campaign for Congress is largely self-funded with his millions.

“I was the CEO of a healthcare company that was able to create over 1,200 jobs, and even… over $ 20 an hour for the most part,” she said. “I have served our District, body and soul for over 20 years, and I plan to bring that kind of service and that kind of tenacity to Congress so that I can fight back and make sure we can truly recover economically.”

Thurston, meanwhile, highlighted his lists of local union supporters and his leadership experience.

“I have been House leader, Senate leader and twice leader of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus,” Thurston said. “Leadership is what it is about. I will lead… Last on the ballot, first in the fight for our community.

CD 20 spans Broward and Palm Beach counties, crossing several predominantly black areas near major cities such as Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

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