Former Senator Daphne Campbell is an accomplished Entrepreneur and former State Senator with more than a combined 25 plus years of experience providing strategic and operational servitude (both in and outside of the Senate). She is originally from Haiti and has been a Registered Nurse for more than 30 years. The Honorable Daphne Campbell understands how best to leverage her extensive experience in politics – and has been instrumental in using her expertise in the areas of crisis management, human capital issues, cultural diversity and leadership development, as well as using her exceptional abilities to analyze and identify procedural problems, provide practical solutions that result in greater effectiveness and productivity.

Former Senator Campbell’s journey began in 2010 when she ran a successful campaign in the Democratic primary to replace incumbent State Representative Ronald Brise, who left an open seat in the 108th District. She defeated her then opponent Alix Desulme by fewer than 400 votes, winning 52% of the vote and advancing to the general election, which she won unopposed. After six years spent in Tallahassee as State Representative (108th District), she became State Senator after the runoff opposing her to Philippe Brutus, another Haitian-American who ran as an NPA (No Party Affiliation) candidate. She then became the first Haitian-American on November 2016 to serve as a Florida State Senator. Winning her elected post in the 38th District State Senate race by a landslide (75.2%) crushing her opponent, the former State representative Philippe Brutus (24.8%).

Throughout her career, former Senator Campbell accomplished many things both for her constituency in House District 108, Senate District 38 and for the entire State of Florida. She was instrumental in championing several bills including: “Medical Malpractice,” “Affordable Housing,” and “Bullying in the Public School System,” “Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame, Inmate Reentry, Economic Development, Florida Kidcare Program, Access to Health Care Services, Medical Assistant Certification, Nursing Education Programs, Postsecondary Student Tuition, Pub. Rec./Spouses & Children of Law Enforcement & Agency Personnel, Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Department of Health and Haitian Independence and Flag Day/Haitian, Haitian American, and Caribbean American Heritage Month,” and road designations within the “Transportation Facility Designations”.

Known for her moderate but independent stand on issues, Campbell worked tirelessly on policies and received numerous awards including, (a) 2017 Women of Inspiration Award from the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce, (b) Best Woman of the Year from the Military and Law Enforcement Veterans Association (MILEVA), (c) Honorary Professor degree in Divinity, (d) Honorary Doctorate degree in Divinity, (e) Women That Transcend, (f) Most Accomplished Black Community Leaders, and (g) Entrepreneurs-South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Caribbean American.

Like many female leaders before and during her time, the former Senator is a fierce advocate, wise counselor, committed person with the right habits and discipline, filled with tenacity, and inspiration, while working for the people as a “Voice for the Voiceless.” Former Senator Campbell acts as a liaison in her community to fill the gap and provide services that are needed by her fellow American constituents. She is known as the Senator who supports “All people” regardless of political ties, or boundary lines. Whether by ensuring the reunification of families, handling landlord tenant issues—preventing foreclosures, ensuring the education of children, distributing basic needs such as, working in conjunction with Farm Share Food Distribution, or simply showing love to those in need of it; she has spent her political time working with many local families, who inspired and motivated her to run for office. Moreover, she enjoys spending time with her children, reading, and volunteering in her communities.

Critical local issues are always at her forefront. The former Senator however chose not to limit herself to “one issue,” and instead focuses on making her mark addressing many issues including on the rights of youth empowerment, preventing crime, and employability for all. She established a reputation as a tough legislator who generally adheres to conservative principles, but who as a “maverick” has demonstrated the willingness to break from her party on certain issues. Her political views are shaped in part by her upbringing. As a child, her mother instilled family values of “We are our brother keepers,” a Biblical principle that the former Senator embraces as she served her community through her bold and spiritual leadership.

Her distinguished record of public service includes, working with and serving her community men, women, and children. She has participated with the Young Democrat Political Leaders and the Democratic Executive Committee Party, the Nomi Kids & Democracy Political Election Week for the students in Miami’s elementary, middle, and high schools, the grand opening of Overtown Youth Center’s Clinic as a volunteer registered nurse, and as an active member of the Citizens Coalition for Miami Dade Public School, PTA and PTSA.

She is a unique person, in the United States Senate, known for her down-to-earth, determined style. Accordingly, as a mother, critical care registered nurse, community leader, community advocate, and the first elected Haitian to Florida’s upper chamber, she fully understands how complex issues affect every day American families.

Former Senator Campbell possesses the extraordinary leadership qualities required to rebuild, restore, empower, inspire, and work with local officials, community groups and individuals to develop an overall vision with specific tasks and measurable goals in Senate District 35, to be an even more successful community. She will be a tireless advocate for all people.

Senator Campbell has been honored and awarded for her excellency, integrity and passion for service on numerous occasions. She has chosen to run in 2020 for office because she has seen too many times, individuals during their campaign run one way to get elected, then govern the complete opposite way when they get there. Her experience and knowledge of politics far supersedes her opponents, and Senate District 35 seat needs a more experienced elected official to stand up for the citizens, not just for getting elected. Below are a few more of her recognitions and awards:

 

Affiliations


A Fair Democratic
Advocate for PTA/PTSA of Miami-Dade School Board
Barry University Advisory Council
Christian Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (CCADA)
Christian Family Coalition (CFC)
Citizens’ Coalition for Public Schools
Community Action Agency serving Broward to Key West
Democratic Black Caucus of Florida
Greater Miami Chapter
Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami
Haitian-American Democratic Club
Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida (H.A.N.A.)
Healthcare Forum Agency for Home Care Association
Jewish Community Services (JCS) of South Florida
Largest Facebook Group of Haitians
LOCAL 1991 NOMI Kids & Democracy
Miami-Dade Chapter, Chamber of Commerce
Miami-Dade College Democrats
Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation
NAACP-NWACP
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHA)
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)
National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW)
Ron Brown Democratic Leadership Council
Safespace (Serving Victims of Domestic Violence)
The Caribbean American Democratic Club
Tim Hardaway Foundation & Andy Cup Voice to Voiceless
The Jamaica Nurses’ Association of Florida (JNAF)
SEIU, former member

 

Highlights


AMI Kids Miami-Dade, Award Certificate of Appreciation, 2011-2012
Christian Family Coalition, Friend of the Family Award, Recognition for common sense family values, November 2012, Recognition for 100% voting record session, 2011
ICABA, 100 Most Accomplished Black Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders, 2012
Latin University of Theology, The Degree of Honorary Doctor of Divinity, 2012
Latin University of Theology, The Honorary Professorship Award, 2012
Unsung Heroes, Activist Award, 2012
WOW, Women That Transcend, Recognition Award, 2012
All Nations Community Service, Legislator of the Year Recognition Award, 2011
Miami 1st Haitian Church of God, Honorary Recognition Award, 2011
Ebenezer Christian Academy and Full Gospel Assembly of Miami, Award of Appreciation, 2010

 

Former Senator Campbell is a hardworking leader who has seen too many suffering from a lack of affordable health care, individuals having to work multiple jobs to support their families, housing cost increasing with little increases in wages, our public schools neglected, solo families needing support, crime growing and public safety challenged, while elected officials do just enough to get by. She is a mother, a nurse, a politician, and most importantly she will serve her former District 35 seat with pride and become the VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS.

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