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Florida House District 119 candidate Katie Edwards (D-Homestead) today criticized the Florida House of Representative leadership for missing an "opportunity to protect South Florida's economy" from the dangers of near-shore oil drilling and challenged Republican candidate Frank Artiles to "tell voters where he stands" on the issue.
January 21st 2010 Beth Reinhardt's article "Ferre Campaign Hanging on by a Thread" is misleading and, while Ms. Reinhardt is entitled to her opinion as a journalist, she didn't report anything I had to say about the status of the campaign in an on-the-record conversation. I spoke with Ms. Reinhardt for 30 minutes. She took all the negatives but none of my rebuttals regarding why my campaign will be viable.
Commissioner Javier D. Souto is making himself more accessible to residents by partnering with the public libraries in his district to install suggestion boxes. The suggestion boxes are a way for residents to submit their questions and concerns to the commissioner about Miami-Dade County government. Suggestions can be anonymous and commission staff will periodically collect them for the commissioner to read and address directly. “It’s my job as a commissioner to address the needs of my constituents. These suggestion boxes are another method of bringing government closer to the community and having the people express their views,” said Commissioner Souto. “Residents can leave comments about any aspect of County government, not just libraries.”
This August 24th the Primary Elections features congressional, state, judicial, school board, county commission, and municipal candidates, and important county and city issues. Voting is the best and most impactful way for residents to have a say in issues that affect them, as well as in selecting government leaders. However, to vote in the August 24, 2010 Primary Election residents must be registered to vote with the Miami-Dade Elections Department by July 26, 2010.
On January 21, 2010, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance sponsored by Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan creating a Youth Commission to gather input from local youth and teens on County issues affecting them. The Youth Commission would serve in an advisory capacity to the Board, learn about government, participate in the process of Miami-Dade County government, and represent and articulate the needs of youth in the county.   The Youth Commission will consist of 27 students between the ages of 15 and 18 in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Each County Commissioner will appoint two members of the Youth Commission, one of whom must be enrolled in a Miami-Dade County public school. Students appointed by a Commissioner may be a student attending a parochial or private school in the Commissioner’s district.
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