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Fri Oct 19, 2018, 09:46 AM

Miami-Dade woos Democrats with Emilio Estefan's food, mojitos and gay men's chorus

Local officials rolled out the red carpet for Democrats on Thursday as party representatives toured Miami-Dade to evaluate the county’s bid to host the 2020 national convention — what could be the region’s first major political convention in nearly 50 years.

There was a serenade from the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center, a golden statue of a lifeguard chair with a lifesaver reading “DNC 2020” and lunch with Emilio Estefan at the music producer’s Design District restaurant, Estefan Kitchen. The night before, the delegation visited Wynwood Walls, an outdoor street art museum, and dined on Peruvian food.

Then, on Thursday afternoon, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and a group of city and county commissioners officially welcomed the Democratic National Committee’s site survey team. At a press event in front of the Design District’s Fly’s Eye Dome, a giant art installation circled by palm trees, the officials stressed South Florida’s diversity and experience hosting major events.

“I couldn’t think of a better city and community to celebrate America in than a city and community that celebrates America every single day in the mosaic of its population,” said Gelber, the top Democrat representing Miami-Dade’s convention pitch. (Gimenez and Suarez are both Republicans.) “We are America, not looking backwards, we are America looking forward and that’s what this convention is going to be about and that’s what we believe our city is about.”


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