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I hope you voted for city commissioner

11/21/2013, 9 a.m.
On Tuesday, Election Day, many of the registered voters in District 5 were missing in action (MIA) or as most ...

On Tuesday, Election Day, many of the registered voters in District 5 were missing in action (MIA) or as most of us would say: “no shows at the polls.” Of course, it is troubling when voters don’t show up during an election. And with the seat in District 5 on the ballot the constituents in District 5 had a lot at stake. Still, even though their was very little interest in this election with only 16 percent of people turning out to vote, one of the four would ultimately prevail as the next City of Miami Commissioner. Attorney Keon Hardemon and Reverend Richard Dunn emerged as the finalists vying for the most coveted seat in the City of Miami. They faced off yesterday in a runoff, giving voters a second chance to get out and vote. But did you vote?

The choice came down to a missionary or a visionary. Both candidates had years of experience in public service and a wealth of knowledge and leadership. By now we know whether voters supported the youthful Attorney Hardemon with his plan or the mature Preacher Dunn with his purpose representing the people in District 5? Was the attorney full of youth and innovation better suited for the role of District 5 commissioner? Or was the reverend’s unique set of skills be better suited to address the complexities in District 5? We have made our choice.

Historically, the City of Miami District 5 seat has been coveted by some of Miami’s most powerful and influential Blacks. Past candidates have recognized the advantages, opportunities and power of serving in District 5. The seat comes with the authority to effect change in one of Miami’s most destitute communities. However, it also provides a platform for the economic development in one of the City’s most lucrative and undeveloped communities. For this reason, many have been inspired to hold office in District 5. That being said, we know there are many reasons people choose to run for office. Some candidates run for self-interest, power and prestige while others genuinely want to improve the lives of others and their communities. If only the voters in District 5 would recognize the power of this seat and its potential. The person elected for the seat in District 5 must know the issues and bring solutions. Voters must realize they are not doing the candidate a favor by voting as their vote is really about themselves and not the candidate. Our next commissioner be in a position to vote on issues that will impact the quality of life for residents in District 5 for years to come.

Did you vote yesterday?

Queen Brown is a freelance writer, a motivational speaker and a trained crime victim’s advocate.