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Another victory in a swing seat.

On Tuesday, Florida Democrats won another HUGE victory, electing Margaret Good to Florida House District 72.

The importance of this can’t be understated. This was a solidly Republican seat and the Republican opponent was the son of a Congressman and had raised over $1 million.

Still, Good prevailed.

WE ARE GOING TO DO THE SAME THING HERE IN DISTRICT 93.

All we need to do is be united and fight like hell.

Congratulations to Margaret, her team, and Democrats in Florida.

Things are changing. Everyone can feel it. It’s going to be a good year if we stick together.

Please donate here if you can.

- Emma


Press Release: Emma Collum Calls on Chip LaMarca to Denounce Child Marriage, Disavow Support of Rep. Moraitis in HD-93

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Emma Collum, Democratic candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in District 93, today issued the following statement calling on her Republican opponent, Chip LaMarca, to denounce child marriage and disavow the support of Broward Republican Party Chairman and current State Rep. George Moraitis:

"Many watching the news have seen the heartbreaking story of Sherry Johnson, who was forced to marry at the age of 11. There are many like her, yet our current representative is supporting child marriage. That is outrageous. ​​I’m speaking out about this because protecting young girls is the right thing to do. Today I am calling on my opponent, Chip LaMarca, to break his silence and condemn Rep. Moraitis' position on this and reject his endorsement. At a time when Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on so little, surely we can both firmly state that child marriage is wrong.

Moraitis made national news last week when he came out against a bill which would have banned marriage by anyone under the age of 18. The legislation was inspired by Sherry Johnson, who was raped and impregnated by a clergyman at the age of 9, and then forced to marry her abuser at the age of 11. LaMarca, who has accepted Moraitis’ endorsement, has remained mute on the topic.

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Run for Something Endorsement and Women's March Recap

What an amazing weekend.

First, on Friday, I found out we were endorsed by Run for Something—a national group helping to elect younger Democrats. I am one of only 89 candidates across the country to have their endorsement. Thank you to Run for Something for your faith and good work!

On Sunday, we staged the Women's March in Miami in front of thousands of women, men, and children. It was an incredibly inspiring event, with many great speakers.

In my own speech, I talked about the Women's March movement and how it has evolved into activism and candidacies across the country.

We aren't just asking for a seat at the table. We want a whole new table.

The time is now. We can change the way politics is done in this country with new leadership and fresh ideas.

Please join me: Contribute any amount, small or large, here.

Additionally, if you'd like to see some of the pics and articles regarding yesterday's march, please join our Facebook page, here.

- Emma


Miami Herald: A year after South Florida women first marched against the president, they’re still angry — but not just about Trump

Pledging to rid America of sexism, racism, meat-eating and especially President Donald Trump, about 2,500 demonstrators took to the streets of Wynwood on Sunday to add their voices to women’s protest marches around the United States.

The demonstrators, about two-thirds of them women, listened to speeches, sang along with protest ballads and watched skits for about four hours in support of a more feminist world, a goal that many of them considered obvious yet oddly elusive.

The event coincided with the second day of rallies across the country and around the world in solidarity with women demanding equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment. Sunday’s events were tagged with the title Women’s March Power to the Polls. They culminated with a Las Vegas rally that launched an effort to register 1 million voters and target swing states like Nevada in the midterm elections later this year, which could shift control of Congress.

At the Wynwood rally, donations were collected for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Florida Keys, as the communities continue recovery efforts after crushing blows from hurricanes last year. The event included speeches from two Democratic candidates for governor: Andrew Gillum and Gwen Graham.

State Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman also were among the speakers. “We must put this offensive president on defense,” Heyman said at the end of her speech. “The time’s up on abuse and harassment.”

For some of those who showed up for the rally, there was a certain sad quality of déjà vu about it all.

“I was doing this same thing in high school, fight for the [Equal Rights Amendment],” said 65-year-old Susan Gregg of Cooper City. “And here I am, 50 years later, still fr----’ doing it.”

The Wynwood protest wasn’t really a march — the demonstrators stuck to the streets in front of the Mana Wynwood Convention Center, many of them relaxing in lawn chairs with umbrellas raised against a fierce South Florida sun.

And at least in numbers, it didn’t match up well with a similar event last year at Bayfront Park, which drew more than 10,000 protesters. But organizers said there were big differences in the events that make it impossible to compare their size.

“Last year, we were concentrating on getting 30,000 Floridians up to Washington to join the parade of half a million people,” said Broward legislative candidate Emma Collum, the president of Women’s March Florida. “This year, with elections coming up in a few months, it seemed better to expend our effort on our own turf.”

Even the official theme of the rally, Power to the Polls, was directed at electoral politics, and teams of organizers from at least half a dozen Democratic party candidates worked the crowd, circulating ballot petitions and collecting names and numbers of potential volunteers.

Last year’s even took place just a few days after Trump’s inauguration, and was mostly directed against him.

Trump took plenty of hard punches Sunday — typical was a protest sign containing his caricature with wads of dollars falling from his pockets as he shouted, “Lie! Cheat! Golf!” — but the rally had a more scattershot feeling. There were signs and speakers about immigration, prison reform, the Black Lives Matter movement, gun control, abortion and militant veganism. Many of them wore pink caps with pointy kitty-cat ears, a reference to a word for cats that Trump was infamously caught on camera using for the female anatomy.

By Glenn Garvin

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Defending MLK's legacy

Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most important figures of the 20th Century.

Unfortunately, we live in a time where his lessons are needed more than ever.

Especially when your president refers to other countries as ****holes, spews racist rhetoric on the daily, and spends most of his energy antagonizing immigrants and trying to deport them and their families.

Dr. King’s March to Washington, “I Have A Dream Speech,” and the Birmingham Campaign single-handedly changed the course of American history and is still a huge inspiration and model for modern-day protests.

He is one of the most influential Americans that has ever lived and his leadership and grace are sorely missed, especially at this time in our country.

But it is up to us to pick up the torch he lit and—each and every day—carry it in support of his legacy.

- Emma


Don't just march... RUN!

As a leader in the Women's March movement I know marching is not enough.

The march, and every gathering before and after, had meaning and brought people together. But then the march is over, and the next day comes, and it's time to do something even bigger.

That's why I'm running for State House. 

Running for office against someone deeply entrenched in politics and GOP funding sources is not a task that can be won without money and the hard work of many volunteers.

We don't need to match our competition. We need to make sure WE have enough to get to the right voters, when it counts.

I'm a really passionate person. I don't just feel things a little bit. So I understand how disheartening politics is now and how on any given day/week/month/year, you may want to crawl under a rock.

But we can't. If we're going to fight the worst elements of politics on the front lines, we can't cower, and we can't let them dominate the communications.

These contributions count. We'll use them wisely. Let's do this. 

Please contribute here today.

 - Emma


The hidden costs of climate change

As global climate change continues, no state will be hit harder than Florida.

And it won't just be the higher temperatures, increased hurricane activity, and rising sea levels we will need to worry about.

What will hit us first will be negative economic repercussions like higher insurance costs, huge drops in coastal home prices, higher interest rates for cities, and bigger burdens for taxpayers.

This is why city and state leaders need to start taking actions now to prepare districts with new flood control protections and programs.

Otherwise, credit agencies are warning they will begin downgrading city and municipal credit scores, which would lead to significantly raised taxes on residents and make it more difficult to fund future infrastructure projects.

So, please, consider contributing $5, $10, $15, or any amount of your choosing to help me get to the Florida House.

South Florida is already having a major problem dealing with flooding and almost 4 out of 5 of our state residents live or work within 10 miles of the coast.

We can't stick our heads in the sand any longer. We must make changes at a state and Federal level.

- Emma


From Bama to Fort Lauderdale

Doug Jones' win in Alabama is both a relief and inspiring.

It's a relief, of course, that someone with such a disgusting history of actions and positions got rejected in one of the reddest states in the nation.

It's inspiring because, as someone running in what has been the last red district in Broward County, the win is further evidence that things are different now.

It's important to note, however, that Doug Jones was able to grossly outspend Roy Moore in the final weeks. Without those dollars, many Republicans would be unaware of why Jones was a viable alternative, and many Democrats wouldn't be fully cognizant of the dangers Moore presented.

This is why I need you to donate here, today.

Our ability to communicate is going to be key to victory. The tide is in our favor, but we will still need to let people know who I am and what I stand for.

If you're reading this, it's because you're an engaged citizen... but so many aren't (yet) and too many rely on advertising and word of mouth as their source for political information.

We are knocking doors, but we will need more staff and a strong advertising budget to compete.

Please contribute here to help us make sure we're strong in the fight to come.

I’m so thankful for your support and very excited.

- Emma


Emma Collum Unveils New Endorsements in HD 93 Race

The Ft. Lauderdale Democrat Has Picked Up Significant Support at State and Local Levels

Ft. Lauderdale - On Tuesday, House District 93 candidate Emma Collum announced the endorsements of State Senator Gary Farmer, State Representative Kristin Jacobs, and former Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl.

“I’m humbled and overwhelmed to have the support of these dedicated public servants,” said Collum, an attorney and businesswoman who serves as legal counsel for JL Audio. “Their support means a great deal to me, and I will look to their examples as I campaign to bring Broward values and much-needed change to Tallahassee.”

"Emma has the passion and the right experience to be a strong and effective voice for Broward County,” said Kristin Jacobs , State Representative for House District 96.

"I know that Emma Collum can best represent the values of our district, and will work to stop the radical agenda of Trump's fellow Republicans in Tallahassee,” said Gary Farmer, a long time leader and activist in Broward before joining the Florida Senate from District 34 last year, agreed. “I am proud to endorse Emma Collum for the Democratic nomination for State House District 93."

"Emma Collum will be a great advocate for the residents of District 93, and I am proud to endorse her,” added former Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl. “She has the knowledge, the temperament and compassion to fight for our friends and neighbors in South Florida and around the state."


We have a major infrastructure problem

We have a MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEM in Fort Lauderdale—and it stinks…literally.

Since January 2014, the city has spilled 20.6 million gallons of untreated sewage into Fort Lauderdale's local waterways, and small businesses and waterfronts are paying the price.

It's aggravating: For years, engineers have told city officials that Fort Lauderdale's sewage systems were at capacity and in major need of repairs.

Now, South Florida’s lakes and rivers are being inundated with an odious, blue-green algae that is repelling aquatic tourists like kayakers and hurting small businesses rooted on the water.

This type of lack of oversight and political neglect is unacceptable. We need representatives in government that prioritize crucial infrastructure projects, promote small businesses, and protect Florida's water resources. Most importantly, we need district representatives who are not afraid to stand up to big developers, powerful companies, or wealthy donors.

Please help me get to the Florida House so we can end this type of neglect and pollution from ever occurring again.

*Follow this link to make a generous contribution to our campaign to bring fairness and accountability to government.*

Thank you very much,

Emma