Former Assistant State Attorney
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Senate District 38 covers a large portion of the east coast and northeast section of Miami-Dade County, extending north from the southernmost part of Miami Beach up to the county line with Broward County. It extends west from the Beach to west of I-95, and includes cities like Aventura, Miami Beach, North Miami, and portions of the City of Miami.
The seat is up again, after only two years, because redistricting changed District 38’s boundaries in 2016. This race is an open primary as no Republican or independent candidate filed to run, so if you live in this district you can vote in this race—regardless of party affiliation. This race won’t be on the ballot in November.
Instead of a formal questionnaire we decided to share the candidates’ positions on a few key issues based on questions we received from you, our readers.
Pizzo is a former state prosecutor who unsuccessfully ran for the District 38 seat two years ago, coming in second to Daphne Campbell, his opponent this year, in a crowded field of Democratic candidates. He has prioritized public safety, addressing climate change and securing a living wage for workers as some of the focal points of his campaign.
Pizzo’s opponent is Daphne Campbell.
He supports a ban on assault weapons, universal background checks and red flag laws that keep “dangerous people from acquiring a weapon in the first place.
He points to his time as an assistant state attorney and his work to create a street violence task force to address crime. In a statement he said: “Here in Miami-Dade, both the average victim of gun violence and the average shooter are teenagers. These are kids who are undergoing daily trauma with the presence of dangerous weapons in their neighborhoods.”
He hopes to see South Florida invest in better, more resilient infrastructure improvements and thinks that local governments should have a greater say in regulating the industries that impact climate change.
He thinks that the system needs fixing and said he hopes to “reverse years of mass incarceration and a two-tiered justice system.” He’s pointed to the diversity of the district and said that he wants to end the school-to-prison pipeline and repeal the “Stand your Ground” law.
Voter Restoration Act
He supports Amendment 4.
Medical and recreational marijuana
He supports what voters decided in 2016, when Amendment 2 legalized medical marijuana. He said state government has been “slow-walking its implementation” of the amendment.