MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Election Day is sort of right here and people vying for a spot on the Miami Beach Commission are getting their remaining days of campaigning in.
One of the 4 candidates working for Group 1 will substitute term-limited Commissioner Micky Steinberg.
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“One of my biggest issues is sea-level rise and the threat that poses to our city and our region,” says Raquel Pacheco.
She was born in Africa and has lived everywhere in the world however she’s referred to as Miami Beach dwelling for greater than 20 years now.
“I really appreciate the openness and diversity that our city has and it’s really important to maintain that,” she says.
Pacheco is a Connecticut Army National Guard Veteran, a small business proprietor and a mother.
“The other major thing I’m concerned with is our building safety after what happened in surfside,” she says. Like many, she’s additionally involved with the violent crimes occurring on South Beach.
Adrian Gonzalez can also be campaigning for a safer and cleaner seaside.
“We are understaffed. We have the money to pay them. We have money to recruit them but we have to change the culture and invite them back to Miami Beach to want to be officers,” he explains.
The father and native business proprietor needs to carry a voice to the residents of Miami Beach.
“I’m not an attorney, I’m not a professor, I’m not a politician. I’m just a regular guy who grew up on a beach that he happens to love.”
He needs to advertise and shield the Hospitality Industry.
“It’s time to come inside and shake things up and be a loud local voice of someone who’s lived here his whole life.”
Kristin Rosen Gonzalez prides herself on being an impartial voice.
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“The two most important things in local government are keeping a city clean and safe and right now Miami Beach streets are dirty and filthy and unsafe in some areas,” she says.
In September Gonzalez was criticized for calling herself “the most high-profile Hispanic Democrat in the City of Miami Beach.” There was one main drawback with that… she’s not Hispanic.
“You know what I’m allowed to identify however I want,” she claimed.
When CBS4’s Ashley Dyer requested her why she performed up her final title, she apologized however stated it’s irrelevant to the race and her plans, ought to she be elected as Commissioner.
“I’ve lived the majority of my life in a Spanish-speaking environment. A lot of my political campaigns and constituents are Hispanic,” says Rosen Gonzalez.
The Miami Dade College professor says we have to begin imposing the legal guidelines already in place.
“We need to send a strong message that if you come to Miami Beach and you break our laws, we are going to arrest you, we are going to prosecute you and we’re going to put you in jail.”
Lastly, Blake Young.
“The environment, the bay, the beach water – I’m a huge advocate for,” says Young.
And he means it. To cut back his carbon footprint, Blake doesn’t personal a automobile, solely a motorbike.
“We must spend our money more responsibly on the beach.. lots of waste and I’d like to do something about that,” he says.
Young can also be targeted on lowering the quantity of crime occurring on South Beach.
“The main reason for the commission is safety and security. That’s number one on the beach everybody has those complaints. I’m going to be advocating for 100 or 150 more police,” he says.
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The Commissioner candidates are vying in your vote and inspiring everybody to move out to the polls if you wish to see change.