Campaign workers typically stand outside polling places, waving signs and shouting slogans of support for their preferred candidate.
But they are rarely arrested while trying to sway a voter.
Simeon Boykin, the son of state House candidate Roy Hardemon, was arrested outside the Kwik Stop at 6101 NE Fourth Ct. in Little Haiti about 1:45 pm on Thursday afternoon. Boykin was charged with resisting an officer without violence, having an open container of alcohol in public and consuming alcohol in a store, according to Miami-Dade corrections.
He was clad in a red “Elect Roy Hardemon for State Representative District 108” T-shirt at the time of his arrest. As of Thursday evening, Boykin was still in Miami Police custody with bond set at $1,600.
Lemon City Library, one of 20 early voting locations in Miami-Dade County, is across the street from the convenience store.
Hardemon told the Miami Herald that Boykin, 33, was trying to give a potential voter information on his campaign inside the Kwik Stop. The voter refused to take a campaign flier and Boykin started arguing with the clerk.
Hardemon says that when his son apologized for campaigning inside the store, the clerk began shouting expletives at him.
“He leaves the store with the police rushing in,” Hardemon said, explaining why his son was arrested.
The Kwik Stop did not return a call for comment.
“What happened to my son is what I fight about,” Hardemon said. “I’m tired of people picking on activists, picking on a poor man for nothing.”
Hardemon is one of seven Democrats on the ballot in House District 108, which includes Little Haiti and surrounding areas. Boykin’s cousin is Miami city commissioner Keon Hardemon.
Boykin was arrested in February after driving his car into a 15-year-old and then taking off. He turned himself in a day later after initially fleeing the scene because he had a suspended license.