North Miami Commissioner District 1
This is an election for Commissioner of North Miami District 1ONLY RESIDENTS OF DISTRICT 1 WILL VOTE IN THIS ELECTIONNorth Miami operates under a council-manager form of government. The city’s charter provides for a mayor, elected city-wide that serves up to two consecutive two-year terms; and four council members elected by district, who each serve no more than two consecutive four-year terms. The city council serves as the policy-making body of the city. The city manager oversees the daily operations of the city and ensures that the policies, directives, resolutions and ordinances adopted by the city council are implemented and enforced.
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1. Why are you running for office and what qualities, training, experience and skills do you bring to this position?
2. What are the 3 most important issues facing your municipality? For each concern, how do you propose to mitigate/improve/resolve the issue?
North Miami is my hometown and I continue to work on behalf of my friends and neighbors. I have served on the city council for twenty years and strive to bring strong constituent service to the community. Every call, email, and letter is promptly returned. I'm easily accessible and always provide my direct cell number for those who wish to reach me (305-582-0710). Before I was elected, I worked as an aide to U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek (retired) through the 1990s. I also serve on the board of directors of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. We work to provide access to healthcare for over 1,000,000 patients in over 40 countries.
1. Affordable housing - The need for affordable housing is emergent across the county. North Miami needs to find ways for working class families to afford to live here. We should examine things like Developer Fees, micro-units, and other cutting edge ideas. We might also sell unused city-owned land and create other incentives.
2. Sea level rise - Another looming issue for us is the threat of global warming and rising water levels. It’s not just a problem for our waterfront communities. Those further inland along canals are also at risk. Already, we can see the effects after hard rains. We need to look at drainage solutions and plan now for what we know the future will bring.
3. Transparency in Government - I’ve repeatedly stood strong against those who try to use your tax money in wasteful or illegal ways. I led the charge to successfully have the State conduct an audit of city finances, assuring that procedures are changed to stem future problems. I’ll continue that charge.
It was always my intent to return back home to North Miami after five years away in college and run for local office. My plans to become Councilwoman for District 1 began in 2007 when I graduated high school. I noticed how the neighborhoods in my district were neglected. There was no advocacy and things were dormant for what seemed to be almost a decade. After laying down the groundwork and establishing myself as an avid community leader within North Miami, I’ve determined that I must answer the call and step up to the plate.
The top three priorities facing North Miami are financial transparency, affordable workforce housing, and infrastructure upgrades due to aging and sea level rising. All three of these priorities can be remediated with proper planning and a solid city budget to support these initiatives.
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