Candidate says District 5 should have Hispanic commissioner


In some of his campaign fliers, Renier Diaz de la Portilla urges voters in Miami-Dade Commission’s District 5 to vote for a Hispanic.

The landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 made minority representation in government possible in the United States — and that includes Miami-Dade.

In the decades since, minorities have had to fight tooth and nail — not just to earn minority representation in government, but to keep it, and not see our presence diluted by efforts such as those shamefully advanced last week by Fabiola Santiago in what I think was a racist column.

Santiago’s attack is toward my belief, as a candidate for the largely Hispanic Miami-Dade Commission District 5, that it would be better represented by a Hispanic who has lived in the county all his life, and not the incumbent and my opponent Ohio-born Commissioner Eileen Higgins, who has not. The same principle applies to

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