Congressional candidates participate in Democratic primary forum

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 2:36 PM EDT
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Ten of the 11 Democratic candidates hoping to replace former U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., in Congress took part in a public forum Thursday night.

The Democratic candidates for Florida's 20th Congressional District are vying to fill the seat left vacant since Hastings, who served in the House since 1993, died of pancreatic cancer in April.

Who are the candidates?

Of the 11 Democratic candidates, 10 of them are scheduled to participate in the forum, hosted by the Urban League of Palm Beach and Broward counties, ahead of the Nov. 2 primary election.

They are, in alphabetical order by last name, Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, the CEO of Trinity Health Care Services; Elvin Dowling, a West Palm Beach native and former aide to Hastings; state Rep. Bobby DuBose, the Florida House minority leader; state Rep. Omari Hardy, from West Palm Beach; Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, who was once endorsed by Hastings; Phil Jackson, a retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer; Emmanuel Morel, the former president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Palm Beach County; Broward County Commissioner Barbera Sharief, who previously served as the county's first Black mayor; Priscilla Taylor, a former state legislator and Palm Beach County commissioner; and state Sen. Perry Thurston, who represents portions of Broward County.

Imran Siddiqui is the lone Democratic candidate who won't be participating. A spokeswoman for the Urban League said they were all offered the opportunity.

When is the forum?

The forum was held at 6 p.m. at the Urban League of Broward County.

What else do I need to know?

Two Republicans in the heavily leaning Democratic district are also seeking the office.

For a detailed list of important dates, early voting locations and other pertinent information about the special election, click here.

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