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A Cuban-American candidate running as a Democrat for an open seat in Miami for the Florida legislature needs our help.

Her name is Laura Leyva, and her site can be found here:

or via swingstateproject

The present and retiring representative is a Republican, and picking up this competitive seat is an exciting opportunity for turning things our way in Florida (and beyond).

Read below for more:

Laura is a second-generation Cuban-American, has an MD and MBA, and runs a consulting firm for healthcare professionals.  This makes her, IMHO, a great candidate to advocate for healthcare issues, but will also obviously allow us to make inroads in the Cuban community in the Miami area.

As many of you may already know, the older Cuban-Americans in South Florida are stalwart Republican voters, but the younger generation (like Laura) are much more open to Democrats, and this is a fantastic opportunity to capitalize on that in a district that is over 60% latino!

Moreover, her district only slightly skews Republican, with 39% Republicans, 34% Democrats, and 27% Independent, and Kerry lost it by less than 1%.

For those of you with a bigger outlook, she'll be the first Cuban-American Democrat in the Florida legislature, which will be a great start for turning that community our way, and help further our 50-state strategy.

Last of all, for those of you so inclined, she appears to be a hottie too, and it never hurts to have "curb appeal" working for us! In fact, she says that if you donate $100 to her campaign, and include your phone number, she'll give you a personal call!

So, show her your support, either financially (, by contacting all your friends/family in the Miami area, or helping out with her campaign:

(In the interest of full-disclosure, I have no connection to the campaign, in fact I live in Portland, Oregon and I only read about it this morning while looking at, but thought that others would appreciate this opportunity to start turning Florida our way as much as I do).

Originally posted to verasoie on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 02:11 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Don't tip me, tip Laura instead! (none)

    or at least check out her site and send people her way!

    The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. Somerset Maugham

    by verasoie on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 01:02:48 PM PST

  •  Erk ... (none)
    ...In fact, she says that if you donate $100 to her campaign, and include your phone number, she'll give you a personal call!

    I hope she's not planning to show up on those late-night television ads saying she'll talk about anything the caller's little heart desires.

    And I suppose it's too much to hope - given that it's the third-rail of Florida politics - that she'll have a progressive position on diplomatic relations with Cuba.

    •  I'm not sure that the Florida legislature (none)
      has much say in that matter at all, as the federal government dictates our foreign policy.

      But it would be great to have her in a legislative seat to represent the left if and when it becomes a prominent policy issue again.

      That being said, her site is quite weak on policy stands, in fact, aside from a mention of her work administrating a clinic for AIDS patients (which scores lots of points in my book) and advocate for healthcare issues, there is no mention of her stand on any issue.

      The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. Somerset Maugham

      by verasoie on Sat Dec 03, 2005 at 01:14:46 PM PST

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