Holness-McCormick rematch for Congress | South Florida Times

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former Broward County Commissioner and congressional candidate Dale Holness is seeking rematch against U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick in the Democratic primary in August.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Holness filed paperwork to run in the 20th congressional race against Cherfilus-McCormick who beat him by just five votes in a special election last year.

The two were vying for the seat left empty after the death of Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings in April 2021.

After his loss, Holness filed two lawsuits to have the election results thrown out, accusing McCormick of bribing voters because of his support for a universal income plan, according to The Associated Press.

Holness alleges that Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick’s support for a proposal that would pay most American adults $1,000 a month was an attempt to illegally bribe voters.

A court decision is still pending.

McCormick went on to win the seat in January by beating Republican Jason Mariner, two non-party candidates Leonard Serrato and Kim Flynn, and Libertarian Mike ter Maat.

McCormick, who lost to Hasting twice for the seat, is serving out the remainder of his term and facing re-election this year.

McCormick filed his candidacy in an effort to fend off his challengers.

The Congressional District covers areas of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

In a statement, Holness said his second run for Congress focuses on the economy, living wages, health care and education.

“Families are hurting these days as the costs of daily necessities including housing, childcare, health care, gas and groceries continue to rise, but wages don’t keep up. not,” Holness said. “Our communities deserve a champion with experience and follow through to build a stronger, healthier future for all of us. Just as I have dedicated my career to improving lives and achieving results for the people of South Florida, I will bring the same motivation to Congress to create lasting prosperity for all who call our incredible region home.

Holness has so far raised over $200,000 for her campaign.

He counts former Broward County Schools superintendent Robert Runcie, Baltimore businessman Trevor Brook and New York real estate developer Paul Kanavos among his supporters.

Although she was fully vaccinated and received a third booster shot, McCormick tested positive for COVID-19 on April 7 and is still recovering, her spokesperson, Michael McQuerry, said.

“MP Cherfilus-McCormick has received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” he said. “The MP is fully vaccinated and strengthened and is grateful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided.

The congresswoman will quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and tested regularly. »

McCormick made history when she became the first Haitian American Democratic woman elected to Congress, and she recently became the first Haitian American woman to lead the United States House of Representatives this month.

During her campaign, she focused on a better health care system and on April 13, 2022, she announced $13,304,361 in additional relief fund payments for Florida health care providers through the through the US Department of Health and Human Services.

“With this disbursement, approximately $13.5 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to nearly 86,000 and nearly $7.5 billion in Rural American Rescue Plan (ARP) payments to more than 44,000 suppliers since November 2021,” McCormick said in a statement. “I am pleased to announce $13,304,361 in additional relief fund payments for 190 health care providers in Florida.

“In September 2021, HHS opened applications for $25.5 billion in COVID19 provider funding. With this latest round of payments, nearly $21 billion of that funding has been distributed. 4 reimburse small providers for a higher percentage of losses during the pandemic and include premium payments for providers who serve Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries.”

Powerful lobbyist Ron Book and businessmen Luis Fernandez and Clifford Hughley are among McCormick’s supporters.

She has not released her campaign finance reports.

McCormick and Holness are competing in a crowded field of candidates seeking the congressional seat.

Other Democrats who filed paperwork to run are Matt Bosewsll, Elvin Dowling, Phil Jackson, Marlon Onias and Imran Siddiqui.