The old adage is still true: All politics is local

caines | 4/25/2013, 5:30 a.m.

As voters prepared to go to the polls last November, they faced a host of last-minute tactics from the right, aimed at keeping senior citizens, college students and minorities from exercising their right to vote or at least making it as difficult as possible. However, the spirit of our ancestors, from Fannie Lou Hammer and Sojourner Truth, to Malcolm, Martin and Medgar, prevailed. But in truth, most political battles tend to be waged at the local level. And thats what voters can anticipate both in the heavily-contested mayors race in North Miami early next month and then in the City of Miami in November. North Miami voters have a few weeks to decide whos best to run their City from among over a half-dozen candidates. However, no clear leader has emerged so far. Meanwhile, voters still dont know who the candidates will be for the City of Miami District 5 commissioners race. City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones achieved a reprieve in her bid for a third term after Judge Jorge Cueto disqualified himself from the hearing that was to have determined her eligibility last week. Of course, in hindsight, Cueto probably should have done that from the beginning. That means a new judge will take over her case and well have to wait to see if it there will be a Spence-Jones vs. Dunn repeat this Fall, or not. Casting caution to the wind, her colleague, Marc Sarnoff, has thrown down the gauntlet against Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Some political experts had predicted that Sarnoff would yield to the senior statesman and allow him to run for one final term. But Sarnoff clearly has other plans. Both races illustrate the truth of one political adage that we should not forget: All politics is local. And change, in some shape or form, is about to happen on the local scene. If you thought last Fall was exciting, just wait.