Federated Republican Women of North Dade hosts ‘Meet & Greet’ forum, Aug. 2

Hialeah's Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment, venue for the 2018 Republican Candidate Forum.
Hialeah’s Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment, venue for the 2018 Republican Candidate Forum.

Key issues facing South Florida voters will be the hot topic of discussion on Aug. 2, as Republican candidates gather at a forum hosted by the Federated Republican Women of North Dade (FRWND).

The one-of-a-kind “Meet & Greet” with candidates of the 2018 election season takes place at Hialeah’s Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment, 6 – 9:30 p.m. The event offers a unique opportunity for candidates running for state and federal offices to address issues of local concern — all at once, all under one roof.

The free event includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, as well as a Private VIP Reception offering photo opportunities with the candidates and elected officials at 6 p.m. For ticketing and event information, visit the FRWND website.

Starting at 7 p.m., FRWND Treasurer and Miami-based attorney Jane Muir will moderate a discussion among each group of candidates in the races for U.S. House of Representatives Districts 23, 25, 26 and 27; Florida State Governor, Attorney General, and Commissioner of Agriculture; Florida State Senate Districts 36 and 40; and Florida House seats 103, 105, 113, 114, 115, 118, and 119.

Also among the speakers will be a special appearance by City of Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, who will provide a keynote address regarding Governor Rick Scott.

FRWND focuses on informing the electorate through political education and activities, disseminating information to members, increasing the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through active participation, and facilitating cooperation among Republican Women’s Clubs in the State of Florida.

“Our local chapter is a dynamic group that seeks to inform and engage Republican women in politics for the good of our state and the country overall,” says Chapter President Maricel Cobitz. “As such, we are looking forward to serving Republican voters by hosting this exciting forum that will inform and educate the electorate on where our candidates stand on the important issues in our region.”

Formed in early 2017, Federated Republican Women of North Dade is the latest chapter to join growing network of such organizations of women and their supporters in the State of Florida. FRWND seeks to recruit members and contributions, and hosts an ongoing series of events in the northern incorporated and unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County including Hialeah, Miami Lakes, Palm Springs, Aventura, North Miami Beach, North Miami, Miami Gardens, Sunny Isles, and Golden Beach.

This major event is open to all Republican voters throughout all of South Florida. Business-attire is recommended.

“Clearly, this is one of the of the most important elections seasons we’ve seen in many years, and our chapter is honored to be able to host such a well-timed forum for voters and candidates alike,” added Muir. “We welcome all Republican women, men, and guests to join us, support our efforts, and engage in the political process.”

Fellow officers Vice President Ada Fennell and Secretary Maite Bocanegra join President Cobitz and Treasurer Muir on the FRWND Board.


For U.S. House of Representatives Districts:

  • 23 – Carlos Reyes
  • 23 – Joe Kaufman
  • 25 – Mario Diaz-Balart
  • 26 – Souraya Faas
  • 27 – Angie Chirino
  • 27 – Bruno Barreiro
  • 27 – Gina Sosa
  • 27 – Bettina Aguilera Rodriguez
  • 27 – Maria Peiro
  • 27 – Maria Elvira Salazar
  • 27 – Elizabeth Adadi
  • 27 – Michael Obevzion
  • 27 – Stephen Marks

For Governor:

  • Bruce Nathan
  • Adam Putnam
  • Robert White

For Attorney General:

  • Frank White
  • Ashley Moody

For Commissioner of Agriculture:

  • Matt Caldwell
  • Denise Grimsley
  • Baxter Troutman

For State Senate Districts:

  • 36 – Dist. Manny Diaz, Jr.
  • 40 – Marili Cancio

For State House of Representatives Seats:

  • 103 – Frank Mingo
  • 105 – Ana Maria Rodriguez
  • 111 – Bryan Avila
  • 113 – Jonathan Parker
  • 114 – Javier Enriquez
  • 115 – Rhonda Lopez
  • 115 – Jose Fernandez
  • 118 – Anthony Rodriguez
  • 119 – Analeen Martinez
  • 119 – Bibiana Potestad
  • 119 – Juan Fernandez-Barquin

As a political organization organized under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, FRWND also facilitates cooperation among Republican Women’s Clubs in the State of Florida, serves to foster loyalty to the Republican Party and to promote its principles and candidates in all elections including non-partisan elections, and supports the objectives and policies of the (NFRW), The Republican National Committee (RNC), the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), and to work for the election of the Republican Party’s nominees.

A range of sponsorships opportunities is still available: from the “Donation” and “Friend” levels for $250 and $500, respectively; to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels at $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000, respectively. At the top level, for $10,000, Platinum Sponsors receive 30 tickets to the Private VIP Reception with the candidates, a full-page ad in event program, and promotional material or corporate logo on premises.

GENERAL ADMISSION: To confirm free tickets, all general-admission guests must register via Eventbrite and bring their ticket confirmation and photo ID to the door.

VIP ADMISSION: To confirm VIP admission, guests must register online and present a photo ID at the door.

For information, contact FRWND at maricelrealtor1@gmail.com or by calling 786-290-4333. Also visit www.frwnd.org and Facebook at www.facebook.com/FRWNorthDade/. For general information about the Florida Federation of Republican Women, visit www.ffrw.net. Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment is located at 4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah, Florida 33012.


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