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Florida Black Dems elect new state officers

caines | 5/9/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Meek agrees

Its time for Blacks to begin reaching across the table to Cubans, Haitians and others in efforts to find common ground, she said. When you operate under a bond of togetherness, you will always win. Logan says the key is not allowing the Democratic Party to take Blacks for granted. No matter who serves as the president, the Democratic Black Caucus needs to make sure that other Democrats respect us and listen to us we have our own specific needs and issues. We are going to get our piece of the pie, said Dr. Preston Marshall, a longtime member of the Caucus. Former state representative and a Caucus member in Volusia County, Joyce Cusack, agrees. All of the new officers come with solid credentials and thats what we need, she said. Seeing a representative from the Democratic Party at our elections [vice president Annette Tadeo-Goldstein] means the party is taking us seriously. If were going to take back the governors mansion we have to get organized now. We have to keep the membership push going and maintain this new wave of energy, Crespo said. I think we can really be effective if we work together and share all of our collective gifts. We hope to bring some new initiatives that will benefit Blacks throughout the State of Florida. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com