Finally, Unique Skills Embody a Champion for Working Class Americans
New Candidate for Florida’s Congressional District 25
Dr. Alina Valdes, M.D. (DEM) has recently filed her paperwork to run for U.S. Congress in Florida’s District 25. This district includes parts of West Broward, Miami-Dade, Hendry, and Collier counties. Cities included in this District are Ave Maria, Doral, Everglades City, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Labelle, Medley, Miami Lakes, Miramar, Pembroke Pines and Sweetwater.
Dr. Valdes is a Cuban-born immigrant having left Cuba as a young child with her family. She was raised and educated in the New York City area, where she received a BS in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York. Alina completed her medical education at New York Medical College followed by a three-year residency in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, a city hospital in the South Bronx.
Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Alina Valdes remained at Lincoln Hospital where her ability to communicate directly with the large Latino population allowed her to serve the community well. She also held the title of Assistant Professor at New York Medical College, giving her the additional responsibility of training all types of students and residents. Dr. Valdes then spent four years working as Attending Physician in Queens Hospital Center, another city hospital, in Jamaica, NY.
Her passion and dedication to the underserved Latino Community of the South Bronx landed Alina a position at Morris Heights Health Center, a community-based facility providing comprehensive health services, from 1991-1999. As part of her duties, Dr. Valdes held various academic titles, including Clinical Preceptor and Clinical Adjunct of the Bronx Lebanon Physician Assistant and Medical Residency Programs, as well as Clinical Preceptor of the Harlem Hospital Physician Assistant Program. In addition, she served as Mentor to Lehman College Premedical students through the Montefiore Summer Outreach Program.
During her time at Morris Heights, Dr. Valdes served on various committees including the Advisory Committee for the Bronx Lebanon Physician Assistant Program, the Incentivization and Walk-In Committees for the Center, as well as Chairwoman of the Emergency Protocol Committee.
Upon moving to Florida, Alina concentrated efforts on raising her family but also found time to teach, working as Adjunct Professor at Miami-Dade College’s Physician Assistant Program. In 2010, Dr. Valdes returned to her passion of caring for the underserved – this time providing health care to the homeless, mostly uninsured patients in Broward and Miami-Dade by working at the Miami Rescue Mission Clinics. She also resumed her love of teaching by becoming a Clinical Preceptor to medical, physician assistant, and nursing students at these health facilities. She is presently working at the Hollywood Outreach Health Clinic two days a week and holds active and unrestricted licenses to practice medicine in the state of Florida and the DEA. Dr. Valdes has been a member of the Broward County Medical Reserve Corp, a division of the State Emergency Responders and Volunteers of Florida (SERVFL) since April 2010 and has been ready to assist in emergencies where medical personnel are needed.
Though Alina has not previously held political office, she has been actively involved in many political causes and campaigns, having worked on the Obama for America 2012 re-election campaign as well as Charlie Crist for Governor 2014 and has served as an OFA Fall Fellow in 2013. She is also a member of many Democratic political clubs and organizations, including serving as a co-lead for the NO KXL CREDO Pledge of Resistance Broward Action and as a Congressional District Coordinator for the National Committee to Preserve and Protect Social Security and Medicare.
Dr. Alina Valdes’ life experience and unique set of skills embodies a new champion for the working class and is therefore well suited to represent all residents of Florida’s District 25 in the United States Congress. To learn more, volunteer and/or make a donation to her campaign please visit her website at www.alinavaldesforcongress.com.
This campaign is a true grass roots effort and needs volunteers as well as monetary donations. Anyone who is bilingual and/or has some free time to assist us would be of great help. We will be needing volunteers to help with fund raising events at various locations throughout her district to be announced in the future (one will be in Hialeah in July) and canvassing (our first effort will be to get petitions signed by constituents in her District). *The cities included in District 25 are listed in the first paragraph at the top of this page. We do have a deadline to get the petitions signed which is April 4, 2016 and we must have 4000 fully validated petitions. Therefore, we should try to get 2-3 thousand additional, just to be safe. Without the 4000 valid petitions signed, the campaign will have to pay $10,000 to get Alina on the 2016 ballot. Another example of how money rules our democracy.
She is running against Mario Diaz-Balart (R) who has held office now for some time and rarely has an opponent, or at least a credible one. Balart is Cuban as well. To learn more about his views and platform, visit his site: http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/our-district/district-links to learn why it is so important to flip this District.
Alina was born in Cuba and agrees with President Obama’s decision to lift the Embargo. Check out and like Alina’s FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alina-Valdes-for-Congress/832567663481991?pnref=story and get more information, including her petition to get on the ballot, at her website: http://www.alinavaldesforcongress.com.
Mario Diaz-Balart, on the other hand, is doing everything in his power to keep that Embargo in place and prevent free travel to and from the U.S. to Cuba. Go to the attached link to learn more about what he is up to on this issue: http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2015/04/28/house-gop-bill-blocks-new-air-flights-cruise-ships-to-cuba.
Harriet Lerman is the campaign manager and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone- (561) 503-0399. Thanking you all in advance for any help you give the campaign. Let’s all do our part to help get Dr. Alina Valdez elected in 2016 and finally flip District 25.