Naomi Esther Blemur, Democratic Nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture, postponed her campaign activities for a few days to focus on Hurricane Ian relief efforts and offer much needed assistance to underrepresented communities in the state of Florida.
Naomi called upon the Governor and leaders at every level to aid millions of Floridians who have been affected in minority-based communities like the parishioners at First Haitian Baptist Church of Naples.
Naomi met with Pastors Merone and Paul of First Haitian Baptist Church of Naples that has been serving its community for over 30 years. The church took on the responsibility of helping locals in need after Hurricane Ian. The Pastors voiced their concerns about the state of the situation a week after the hurricane. Many of the individuals have lost everything, including furniture, clothes, cars, and food. People cannot live in their homes because they get mold after the flooding.
The Pastors called on Governor DeSantis to provide their community with transitional housing along with food trucks that would serve hot meals for people who were affected by the hurricane.
In a video statement to the Governor, Naomi said, “This is the time when we all need to draw in together and help one another. Not one community should be served more than the other. This is the Haitian American community. We are the second largest ethnic group in the state of Florida. We need your assistance, and we are asking for you, sir, to bring forth that assistance.”