City of Miami Local Elections on November 7th
By Laura Randall
Did you know that there are elections in 2017? That’s right, its not an even year, but it’s time for general mid term municipal elections if you live in the City of Miami on November 7th. If you live in District 3 or District 4, you will be voting for a new commissioner, and all City of Miami residents will be voting on the General Obligation Bond. You can vote early here.
The biggest item facing City of Miami voters is the Miami Forever General Obligation Bond. It’s to issue a new $400 million bond that would replace an expiring bond and aims to mitigate the effects of sea level rise and support affordable housing. Sounds like a feel good, no brainer right? Some critics, including Commissioner Suarez (and uncontested mayoral candidate), argue the $400 million price tag is without basis, with no justifiable plan in place for how the funds should be allocated or a precise budget amount for projects like repairing the sea wall and adding drainage pumps will cost.
There are a few candidates running for City of Miami commission seats. If you live in District 3, there are seven options. The New Tropic reached out to these candidates, many of whom —including our current mayor’s son Tomas Regalado—decided not to take a stand on issues facing the City of Miami by not responding to their questions. The candidates who did respond to The New Tropic’s questions, Alex Dominguez, Alfonso “Alfie” Leon and Jose Suarez, have all been critical of the way the bond referendum came up for vote. They also advocated for more parks, and for more change among those who hold office in the City of Miami.
District 4 has three candidates. Ralph Rosado responded to questions from The New Tropic, advocating for more public engagement and transparency in local government. Candidate Denise Galves Turros, wishes the bond vote will be postponed, and wants to repair pot holes and sidewalks in her district — a sensible stance that you would expect for a city commissioner.
While feel good answers might not make it more clear who to vote for, there are other ways to get more answers for your decision. If you want to be a more informed voter, you can always reach out to these candidates with your questions by calling, you can even meet them or attend local public forums (thanks Engage). So please, take the time to vote and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.