© 2019 by Christine Alexandria Olivo. 

COUNTDOWN TO THE 2020 PRIMARIES ON AUGUST 18, 2020. 

Early Life

Christine Alexandria Sanon-Jules was born on October 19, 1983 at North Miami General Hospital. She was raised in El Portal, Florida. Her father is a successful entrepreneur with a security and investigation business. As an immigrant from Haiti, he came to America to fulfill the American Dream. He built his company from the ground up and instilled the knowledge and work ethic of entrepreneurship in his children at an early age. Her mother always worked 2 to 3 jobs at a time from retail to banking in order to keep her kids in private school until finding a career in the mortgage industry. Because both of her parents were always working, Christine and her siblings were raised by their grandparents. Christine knows first hand the struggles of doing whatever it takes to keep your family afloat. Christine grew up in a very diverse neighborhood, learning to appreciate and love people from all different backgrounds. She lived next door to El Portal’s Mayor Daisy Black. Daisy Black was an African American female Mayor that showed Christine it was not only possible, but normal for a young black woman to be in a position of power. Although life wasn’t always easy, Christine grew up believing that anything was possible.

Experience

Christine was always very passionate about two things, her faith and performing arts. With her deep passion for the arts, Christine spent 7 years in Los Angeles pursuing the entertainment industry. Although she was very immersed into her artistic career, she kept finding herself developing her religious path. Christine belonged to different ministries at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, CA. She was an active volunteer and helped give bikes and backpacks to children in Compton. After hurricane Katrina, Christine took a leave of absence from her job and volunteered full time with the American Red Cross to aid with the Katrina recovery efforts. She curated dance camps that kept kids active and excited during the summer. Christine befriended her elderly Mexican immigrant co-worker and fought for fair treatment and better benefits for her until her death. Upon moving back to Miami, Christine was offered a job that would bring her back to her passion for her faith. Christine became the Youth Director at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and served there for 6 years. Aside from organizing church events, Christine went above and beyond to personally help her youth survive dire situations from gang threats, sexual assault and homelessness. Things that no child should ever experience. Until today, Christine still mentors a handful of her former students as they thrive into adulthood. Through her service at Holy Cross she was given the opportunity to serve for Americorps. Americorps gave Christine the chance to teach inner city kids about STD’S and safe sex practices through the B.A.R.T Program. Americorps also allowed Christine to teach a Parenting class that incorporated Parents, Guardians and their children in a fully funded 12-week program.  Christine got married in 2014 and with the expected arrival of her first son, Christine left her position at the church to build her family and start a business that would give her freedom to be a mom. Christine is currently enrolled in Barry University, pursing her degree in Public Administration so that she can better serve her community.

 

rebuilding america together

"This campaign is about moving with a sense of urgency. It shouldn’t take 10 years to figure out how to reform gun laws, minimum wage, immigration, healthcare, or tackle climate change, mass incarceration and homelessness. We can get it done now, but we need people that are willing to work across the aisle and come together for the betterment of the people." -Christine Olivo

In 2018 alone Miami-Dade and Broward County lost 515 lives at the hands of a firearm. Many of the victims were ages 15-34. We can no longer ignore this growing epidemic of gun violence. We need stricter gun laws in conjunction with accessible mental healthcare programs. 

There is no reason why the neighboring districts household median income surpasses us by 10 to 20 thousand dollars per household. There is no reason that in 2019 not even 1/4 of district 24 is obtaining college degrees. We need proper education opportunities for young adults to compete for better pay in the workforce. There are 1.4 Billion tech jobs with 6 figure salaries being outsourced to foreign countries. No more! I’m fighting for better pay!

My grandmother was in a very abusive relationship in Haiti. She was pregnant with my uncle when she decided to make her way into The United States. She took care of the elderly and provided a way for her family to build a foundation here in the states. Because of her courage and her sacrifice I am here today. I'm fighting to protect and secure TPS. I’m fighting for immigration reform.

My uncle died from stage 4 colon cancer because he couldn't afford to go to the doctor. I had to force him to go to the emergency room and I had to fight to get him good enough coverage for treatments. No one should have to fight this hard to live. Canada is one of the healthiest countries in the world. If they can provide universal healthcare, then so can we. I'm fighting for Medicare for all.