Elizabeth Warren opens South Florida office

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren opened her first South Florida office over the weekend in Miami’s Morningside neighborhood, sandwiched between Little Haiti and Wynwood, a testament to how important the Democratic presidential candidate views Haitian voters, a campaign official said.

The office, at 5084 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 105, opened its doors Saturday with a phone bank and training for volunteers.

“It is in the heart of some of Miami-Dade’s most important communities,” said Florida Latino Constituency Director Tomas Alcala.

Volunteer Caroline Williams was dancing, singing and cheering on Warren as people passed the entrance of the shopping center.

“I just want everyone to know we are here,” Williams said. “We have a place where people can come and volunteer and get registered to vote if they haven’t already.”

This is Warren’s second Florida office. Her other location is in Orlando.

In comparison, Mike Bloomberg just added seven new Florida locations on Saturday. He now has a total of 10 locations statewide and three in South Florida: West Palm Beach, Little Havana and Fort Lauderdale.

None of the other top candidates — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg or former Vice President Joe Biden — have opened offices in the Sunshine State.

Feb. 18 is the final day Florida voters can register or change their political affiliation ahead of the Presidential Preference Primary on March 17. Since the state has a closed primary system, voters need to be members of a particular party to participate.

Kaylee Padron is a senior and transfer from UNC Chapel Hill. She is a journalism major and social media e-marketing minor. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching baseball.