Election 2016: Four Seats Up Representing Brickell

Brickell residents are urged to learn as much as they can about candidates in several races that will represent Brickell in key public offices. For those who missed the Candidates Forum on September 27, we have short articles from candidates in this issue, and a recap of the Forum online. BHA recognizes how important elected officials are to safeguarding and improving Brickell’s continued quality of life. We hope all Brickell residents will take a look at the candidates here and in other media, and gauge which candidates will best represent you.

We asked each of the contenders to respond to a simple question in limited space: “What can the Brickell community expect from you if elected?” We heard from everyone in the four races except Maria Teresa Rojas, candidate for School Board Rep District 6. The responses begin on the next page.

The 2016 Brickell-Downtown Candidates Forum on Tuesday, September 27, at First Presbyterian Church was presented by BHA and neighborhood partners with presenting sponsor Marten Advisory Group, and additional support from Becker & Poliakoff.

The Forum focused on the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s race, and the two runoff candidates for School Board Representative for District 6 which involves a portion of the northern Brickell area. Races for Tallahassee seats representing the Brickell area includes the Florida House Representative for District 112 and Florida Senator for District 37. We also included Senate District 38 at the Forum as the district encompasses some of our neighbors to the north. Special thanks goes to our moderator Michael Gongora, and co-hosts Brickell Area Association, Downtown Neighbors Alliance and the Biscayne Neighborhoods Association.

“The Candidates Forum gives voters a chance to hear directly from the candidates and address issues key to the Brickell and Downtown community, Astrid Marten said. “We were pleased to support this event.”

Last step: Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 8.