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Council candidates gear up for August 26 elections

Crime, education, business are issues

7/10/2014, 9 a.m.

As the time shortens before Miami Gardens’s general elections, candidates vying for two seats on the city council are pushing hot issues hoping to connect to voters.

Seats, 2 and 6, are open for election on Aug. 26.

Council member Felicia Robinson was automatically re-elected to Seat 4 as there were no challengers who filed before the deadline in June.

Each council member serves a four-year term. Early voting will begin Aug. 11. The deadline to register to vote is July 28, according to the Division of Florida Elections.

Miami Gardens has a Mayor-Council-Manager form of government where elected council members set policies for the operation of the City. The City Council consists of seven members: a Mayor and two Council member's elected citywide and four additional Council member's elected by individual districts.

Seat 2 is a district position. Residents in this district can vote for both seats 2 and 6, which is a city-wide position in a district which encompasses NW 215th St. to NW 199th St. between NE 2nd Ave. and NW 27th Ave.

Candidates in this upcoming election are:

Seat 2

Lisa Davis

Seat 2 is currently held by Vice Mayor Lisa Davis, 54, Davis has been a resident of Miami Gardens for over 34 years and was elected to the Miami Gardens City Council in 2010. Davis wants to develop more businesses in the area and help attract more hotels to Miami Gardens.

Charlene Butler

Butler, 65, a retired postal worker is the challenger, seeks to create public and private partnerships to infuse more business in Miami Gardens. She takes pride in having voted in favor of the incorporation of the city, and now she wants to join the city’s leadership.

Tamarah Lee, 26, has a law degree from the University of Florida, is a member of the Florida Bar, and is the youngest among the candidates. She believes she can bring fresh ideas and leadership to the position.

Lee said she plans to develop an early education program for elementary schools and seek more funding for public schools. She also wants to create a local workforce agency in Miami Gardens to help residents obtain jobs.

Seat 6

Council member Erhabor Ighodaro wants to establish a charter school In Miami Gardens to help at-risk children in the community while providing incentives to encourage more parental involvement in schools.

Challenger Andre Williams, a former council member and mayoral candidate bond. "I am running because there is more work to do," Williams said in a statement. "(I want) to bring businesses to Miami Gardens and strengthen small businesses here."

Francis Ragoo a real estate agent is also running for seat 6. Ragoo, 53, believes he can help reduce crime by getting more churches and religious leaders involved with the city.

Mykita Cherry-Prime, 30, a high school teacher, believes the city should focus on educating children and creating jobs. Cherry-Prime said she will work with the city’s new police chief, Stephen Johnson to help keep the city’s streets safe.