Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson announced today that she will not seek re-election to the Board of County Commissioners. ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI have been honored and privileged to represent the residents of District 8 for almost 16 years. IÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ve worked hard and done my best to serve them and all of Miami-Dade County. Politics is still very much in my blood. IÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢m looking forward to continuing my work for the good of our community in another way.ÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
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 CommissionerÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s district.
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.
There is no doubt that the road to today's Election Day has been paved with many obstacles, but voters of District 5 have the right to elect the candidate of their choice and whoever is elected should be respected and that message should resonate all the way to the GovernorÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s Office in Tallahassee. I feel confident that the voters will choose the right candidate to represent them at City Hall.