POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – Broward Sheriff deputies were called to an early voting location Friday in Pompano Beach after a dispute arose between the Republican candidate in the race for the congressional district. 20th and workers from the opponent’s campaign.
Jason Mariner told CBS4 News when they arrived to interview him about a piece of record leading up to Tuesday’s general election.
The BSO has not made any arrests. According to Mariner’s opponent, there was a similar dispute at the early voting site of the African American research library in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.
“Once you have the police, it’s a tactic to suppress voters,” said Democratic candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick.
The race to replace longtime MP Alcee Hastings, who died last April, has been tough in the final days leading up to the general election.
Mariner says he thinks he has a shot to win seats in this heavily Democratic constituency that stretches from Broward to Palm Beach County.
“When I talk to people, I don’t base them on how they look. I asked what I could do for you and the answer was always the same. We want to protect our jobs, our children and make our communities safer,” he said.
Mariner is open about his past struggles with drugs and prison time. He said it gives voters hope.
“It’s easy to draw a box around you and say I’m done. I decided not to listen to it.”
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When CBS4 News spoke to Democratic candidate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick on Friday, she said she was disturbed by what she saw happening at polling stations in African-American communities. .
“We need to make sure we’re vigilant so that no one feels threatened, especially with the big midterm elections later this year,” she said.
Cherfilus-McCormick, a Haitian American, defeated former Broward Mayor Dale Holness by just five votes last November to win the Democratic nomination for the congressional seat.
An attorney and healthcare executive, she supports progressive ideas like Medicare for all and the $1,000 a month universal basic income.
“My biggest focus will be on getting through the rebuilding plan as it will help our community. Housing is also a big deal,” she said.
Housing is a big problem in District 20, where families struggle to buy a home and the median income is just $50,000.
“We need someone who can negotiate policies and help people,” she said.
Early voting ends on Sunday. Elections for the 20th National Assembly seat take place on Tuesday, January 11.
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