Miami’s hipster Wynwood neighborhood may not quite compare to New York’s Brooklyn. But like Brooklyn, Wynwood will soon be home to a hot political office: the South Florida headquarters for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The campaign plans to formally open its field office next Saturday, July 9, at 2215 NW First Pl., according to Simone Ward, Clinton’s Florida director.
“Miami — and South Florida in general — are going to be a large part of our strategy for success. It is a major [get out the vote] universe for any presidential campaign, and in particular ours,” she said. “The Secretary has a commitment I can share that all people in Florida are represented by the campaign. What better place to do that than South Florida? It’s a city and a town that represents many different cultures, many different communities.”
Wynwood is the same city of Miami neighborhood where Clinton’s primary rival, Bernie Sanders, opened an office shortly before the March 15 Florida primary. Clinton’s state headquarters is in Tampa, where more field offices are also in the works.
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The Wynwood office will house a still undefined number of staffers. Clinton recently hired a couple of Miamians: Raul Martinez Jr. as state coalitions director and Johanna Cervone as Miami regional press secretary. Martinez, son of former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez, was former U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia’s chief of staff. Cervone was communications director for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava. The office will also welcome volunteers.
Ward said the campaign hopes to “exceed” President Barack Obama’s Florida effort in 2012. He had upwards of 100 offices across the state by Election Day, she said — and about 700 staffers. He won the state, just barely.
“The Secretary is committed to winning Florida,” Ward said. “It’s going to be the largest and I think most important battleground.”
Republican Donald Trump has yet to announce a local office.
Asked whether the Clinton campaign is concerned it might get dragged down by leading U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy, whose résumé-inflation woes have worried some Democrats, Ward said she’s focused on the presidential race.
“I’m only concerned about letting people know that Secretary Clinton is the right person for the job,” she said.
No word on when Clinton will return to campaign in South Florida.