My name is Naomi Esther Blemur.
I am the Democratic nominee for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. I am also an elected committeewoman for the Miami Dade Democratic Executive Committee in District 15. As the granddaughter of farmers, a community advocate, a local business owner, and a mother, I am running because we need a strong leader in Tallahassee that will advocate for the affordable Florida, small farmers, clean water, renewable and sustainable energy, and a better environment for our families and children.
I am the daughter of Haitian immigrants, born here at Jackson Memorial Hospital. I overcame losing both parents as a teenager—my father at 16 and my mother at 18 years old. At 21 years old, I was left to raise my three younger siblings, the youngest a child born with down syndrome. I fought to give them a decent quality of life, and now the youngest, a child with special needs, is a high school graduate. My middle sibling recently graduated from law school, and the eldest sibling is a leading educator and former assistant principal for a national charter school.
Amidst the challenges of raising my siblings, I had the privilege of studying Business in the European Union in France, Business Management and Marketing in Spain, Language & Culture in Italy, and Accounting & Economics in the United States. I went on to build a successful career in management, working for several fortune 500 companies in the retail industry and commercial banking. In 2008, I resigned from corporate America and moved on to establish a non-profit focused on women’s issues and at-risk girls aging out of the foster care system.
In 2015, I moved to South Florida as an entrepreneur and an engaged community leader. I immediately went to work while balancing family life as a new wife and later as a mother. I re-published my first book and became the Co-founder of a nonprofit established to connect and empower success through academic, spiritual, emotional, and financial balance in my community. I established a network to honor, celebrate and mentor women and young girls in South Florida. To date, we have recognized the achievements of over 40 women and girls in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, in medicine, law, media, and advocacy, education, to name a few.
Whether through my consulting firm, my non-profit organization, or community engagement – I am present, always serving, and challenging the process when necessary, albeit not without my own challenges. Shortly after getting married, my husband was indicted and sentenced to federal prison; despite those challenges, I’ve continued to fight to build a decent life for my son and me, while my husband pays his debt to society. With my community’s support, I’ve gained the necessary strength to continue serving and giving back to my community.
Each time I got discouraged, I was reminded I was not alone. 1 out of every 4 women has a loved one serving time in federal or state prison. Through it all, my faith in God and this community has never wavered, and now, I am ready to bring this fight to Tallahassee.
The current reality of our state calls for a strong, diverse leader with convictions. One who is not afraid to challenge the process and speak truth to power. It took 20 years for Democrats to secure this seat, and we’re not going to lose it now.
Naomi resides in North Miami with her beloved son.
Naomi currently serves as a DEC Committee Member for Miami-Dade District 15, Commissioner on the North Miami Planning Commission, Vice Chair on the North Miami Commission on Women, and Business Committee Member on the North Miami C.R.A. Advisory Committee. She won the primary election on August 2022 and is the Democratic nominee for the seat.