Candidate Snares Big Endorsements In Black Community

BY BUDDY NEVINS

Harold Pryor, one of seven Democrats running for Broward State Attorney, has snared the endorsement of some of the most visible political figures in the black community. 

Harold Pryor

Endorsing Pryor are Broward County Vice-Mayor Dale Holness, Democratic Co-Leader Designate State Representative Bobby DuBose, State Representative Anika Omphroy, Lauderhill Comm. Richard Campbell, Miramar Vice-Mayor Alexandra P. Davis, Miramar Comm. Maxwell B. Chambers, Miramar Comm. Yvette Colbourne, Sunrise Deputy Mayor Mark A. Douglas, Fmr. Florida Bar President Michael Higer, and Fmr. Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis.

In a news release announcing the endorsements, Pettis, the first black president of the Florida Bar,  is quoted as saying Pryor “has the experience, intelligence, and vision to lead the State Attorney’s Office. He is the leader our community needs.”

Blacks comprise a large number of Broward’s registered Democrats and could sway the race, if they vote and vote as a bloc. Hence the emphasis on winning votes in the black community. 

But Pryor, a corporate attorney, is not the only black in the race.  The other is attorney David Cannady, a prosecutor. 

The remaining Democrats attempting to replace retiring State Attorney Mike Satz include attorney Joseph Kimok, veteran attorney and perennial candidate Jim Lewis, longtime prosecutor Sarahnell Murphy, Coconut Creek Commissioner with a private law practice Josh Rydell and Teresa Williams, a criminal law and domestic violence attorney who came close to beating Satz in 2016. 



8 Responses to “Candidate Snares Big Endorsements In Black Community”

  1. Question says:

    He is running a campaign based on race, which should disqualify him immediately. Does he realize that least 75 percent of the population is not black.

  2. Anonymous says:

    When do the two Assistant State Attorneys that are running for office have to resign their positions? Shouldn’t they, in good conscience resign now or do they like getting paid while they campaign?

  3. FTL Voter says:

    With roughly 40% of the Democratic primary voters being black, and with lots of candidates running to split up the Jewish condo and other white votes, I would peg this guy as the big frontrunner at this point. In a field of candidates this large, 35-40% is likely enough to comfortably win the Democratic primary. And in Broward that primary is the entire election. The Democratic nominee always wins big in November (Republicans are only 21% of the voters in Broward).

  4. Vote for the best not the rest says:

    When the voters find out Pryor and Cannady were trained by Sarahnell Murphy, they will want the teacher not the student(s). It is clear that Pryor and Cannady are targeting their message to divide the community by race. Sarahnell wants to unite all of Broward, not divide it. Pryor is only 31 years old and hasn’t even lived in Broward 6 years. Cannady has lived here a short time as well. What have they accomplished? Between them they don’t even have 6 years prosecutorial experience. SAO needs to be led by an experienced handy, not boys looking for a pay raise.

  5. A reader says:

    In a news release announcing the endorsements, Pettis, the first black president of the Florida Bar, is quoted as saying Pryor “has the experience, intelligence, and vision to lead the State Attorney’s Office. He is the leader our community needs.”

    Just what community is Pettis talking about? The black community? Or does the “our” refer to all of Broward County?

  6. Hmmmm says:

    “boys” this is going downhill fast

  7. FTL Voter says:

    @5 – Pretty sure the “our” in “our community” that Eugene Pettis is referring to is Broward County as a whole.

    @4 Since when does being the most qualified matter to the voters? They elected Miriam Oliphant, Scott Israel, and others over much better resume-qualified candidates. If your view is we should go with Murphy because she’s practiced a lot longer than the two others, then let’s just elect whomever is the longest serving and oldest person in the office … oh, right, that’s Satz, and everyone seems ready for a long overdue change of outlook. Being Satz’s anointed one is probably a negative in 2020.

  8. Just Asking says:

    Under this logic, when Murphy or Williams announce their endorsements and they are all white, are we assume they are running a racist, white, divisive campaign? Or should we correctly assume they got endorsed by people they know first.

    This goes back to “all the black kids sit together in the cafe” are being divisive or anti-social, while they are surrounded by tables filled with just white kids.

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