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Miami Beach Commission Group III

The City of Miami Beach Commission consists of six (6) City Commissioners and a Mayor who are elected at large. The City Commission has the power to make, establish and ordain for the government of the City of Miami Beach and the officers of said City.This election on November 2, 2021, is for Mayor and City Commissioners in Groups I and III. The candidate for Group II is unopposed. A candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast to be elected. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, there will be a runoff election between the two candidates in this group receive the highest number of votes. This runoff election shall occur two weeks from the date of general election.The term of office of the Mayor is two (2) years and City Commissioners is four (4) years. The lifetime term limit for Miami Beach Commissioners is two (2) four-year terms.

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    Stephen Cohen

  • Alex Fernandez

Biographical Information

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?

I am running for Commissioner because it is my core belief is that our elected leaders should always put the community’s needs above party politics. To get our economy working again, to reduce crime and to ensure Miami Beach remains an affordable place for the middle-class, I believe that our commission must remember that it’s the interests of the people that must be served, not those of deep pocketed special interests. As a civic leader in Miami Beach, I have dedicated myself to improving our quality of life. Whether it’s efforts to improve our safety and reduce crime, advocating for a more accountable and transparent city government, or fighting for more affordable healthcare and housing for seniors, I have led successful efforts that have made a difference.
My plan for public safety includes the need to ensure our first responders have the resources they need to keep us safe. We must increase the number of police officers and fully fund the police and fire departments as well as mental health services. We must also prioritize community policing in every neighborhood and school zone, strengthen night-life units, particularly in the South Beach Entertainment District and enhance quality of life patrols, both as a response to the recent wave of crime, but also as a long-term strategy to improve public safety. We must fight climate change and stay ahead of the curve with more communication to the residents. We need more green space for flood mitigation, trees, fix the seawalls, and listen to the experts. City Hall needs to improve communication to residents on project timelines, new ordinances, and building a sense of community. Please vote Stephen Cohen Ballot #274 on Election Day.
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