Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti, usually known for featuring local bands, held its first 2016 presidential debate watch party, organized by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Those in attendance included Dwight Bullard, the current Florida state senator for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, who is running for reelection against Frank Artiles and Dr. Mario Gimenez.

“I agree with Senator [Bernie] Sanders in supporting her as the nominee and ‘right choice’ for president,” said the first-term Democrat.

Bullard said his main focus this election cycle is education.

“I agree with Clinton’s debt-free proposal for college and the use of government funding to make college education debt free.”

He said he believes he on-the-ground work sets him apart from Artiles, a Republican who is a current member of the Florida House of Representatives, and Gimenez, an independent running on a conservative platform.

“Getting involved with the community and putting the people first makes me stand out from the rest of the candidates,” Bullard said.

— Cassandra Cabal, South Florida News Service