Alex Lewy, a candidate for state House of Representatives, had an unusual headliner for a political fundraiser : Richard Blanco, the sometimes-South Floridian who delivered the poem at President Barack Obama’s inaugural in January.
Lewy, a Hallandale Beach commissioner who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for a state House seat in Southeast Broward and northwest Miami-Dade County, said Blanco used to live in the district. He and Blanco connected through a mutual friend.
“We share the same values and care about issues that affect South Florida,” Lewy said.
Plus, he was back in South Florida for the Miami International Book Fair.
Lewy said the 40 people who showed up weren’t the usual cast of characters for a political fundraiser. Some were arts supporters. Others were from the lesbian and gay community (Blanco was the first openly gay inaugural poet).
“It was an amazing experience. He actually read three poems,” Lewy said.
He said Wednesday he didn’t have a fundraising total for the event.