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FL Congressional District 27

Key Biscayne to West Miami; from Little Havana to Coral Gables; from Miami to Miami Beach

Florida's 27th congressional district is an electoral district for the U.S. Congress and was created in South Florida during 2012, effective January 2013, as a result of the 2010 Census. The first candidates ran in the 2012 House elections, and the winner was seated for the 113th Congress on January 3, 2013.

 

The 27th district is located in far South Florida, entirely within Miami-Dade County. This district includes all or part of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Kendall. The heavily Cuban American neighborhood of Little Havana is situated in this district. Miami-Dade County is the heart of South Florida; and the heart of Miami is District 27 - one of the most important congressional districts in the entire U.S.

 

District 27 is a gateway and leading point of entry from millions from all over the world each year. From Key Biscayne to West Miami, from Little Havana to Coral Gables, from Kendall to Homestead and from Miami to Miami Beach, District 27 is the center of the fight for the future prosperity of Florida.

 

THE ISSUES

 

Raymond Molina’s goal is to improve the quality of life and bring much needed federal funds to District 27. He aims to help find solutions for many of the problems affecting communities within District 27, including:

 

Traffic congestion issues making Miami the 12th worst in the country, with nearly 80% of residents who rely on car transportation to spend more than 105 hours a year in gridlock.

 

Homelessness continues to increase with more than 560,000 people experiencing homelessness according to a report by the U.S. Department of House and Urban Development. More than 1,000 people were counted as living in Miami-Dade County’s streets in 2019.

 

•  With approximately 20% of our community without health insurance, we face many issues due to the lack of access to care, serious health conditions and mental health issues, all leading to poor health outcomes.

 

•  Sea level rise has significantly increased in the last decade, rising up to one inch every three years. In Miami, the rise has been approximately six inches in the past 31 years. Scientists expect that the sea level will have risen another six inches in the next 15 years.

 

Beach and sea contamination is a major issue affecting our ecosystem, with trash becoming toxic for the marine life cycle.  From cigarette butts, plastic items, Styrofoam to a host of other items, more than 8,000 pounds of trash are found on our county’s beaches every day. This directly affects marine life and birds, also damaging our waterways and sandy beaches.

 

Lack of affordable housing is a constant issue affecting our District. The cost of housing continues to rise and wages remain low, making our area one of the least affordable metropolitan areas in the world. This inequality affects all groups, including homeowners and renters, and especially has a direct impact on veterans and seniors, also affecting their quality of life.

 

• Lack of sufficient programs for individuals of all ages with special needs and disabilities.

 

• The increasing cost of medications by pharmaceuticals with prices on hundreds of prescription drugs recently rising approximately five percent. This increase makes many medications inaccessible and unaffordable.

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