The city of Miami will elect a new mayor next month and, to many, the winner is a foregone conclusion. Francis Suarez has served as a Miami commissioner for the past eight years and is confident, but not cocky, about winning the mayor's job."You never take anything for granted," Suarez said. "Things change rapidly here." As a commissioner, Suarez has taken the lead in solving traffic problems, building affordable housing and supporting the city's previously troubled police department. Continue reading
Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Having your hurricane supplies ahead of time will save you time and the frustration of going to the stores right before a storm hits. To learn more about safety tips and emergency contact information please see below. Important Numbers and Websites Emergencies 911 Miami-Dade County 311 or 305-468-5900 - TTY: 711 All important service updates are posted during Emergency Operations Center activation at www.miamidade.gov Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management www.miamidade.gov/oem National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov Family Social Services 211 or 305-644-9449 Florida Power & Light 1-800-4-OUTAGE (468-8243) - TTY: 711 www.fpl.com Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) TTY: 800-462-7585 www.fema.gov American Red Cross 305-644-1200 www.redcross.org/local/ florida/south-florida Miami-Dade County Public Schools 305-995-1000 www.dadeschools.net Continue reading
A commissioner of Miami who still had two years left in his term has qualified to run for Miami mayor through a write-in petition. Francis Suarez, who heads up Miami’s District 4, is looking to step into the Miami mayor role that termed out Tomas Regalado is leaving. Francis has two relatively unknown challengers who have raised almost no money to mount a challenge against a sitting commissioner, who is the son of a former Miami mayor. To maneuver his bid, Suarez had to resign his commission seat, and then get sworn in again by his colleagues. On Aug. 10, he delivered the signatures and signed the paperwork necessary with Miami’s city clerk to qualify for the ballot.
Francis Suarez isn’t superstitious. But he doesn’t like talking about it, even if he hopes it’s true: With less than three months to go until Election Day, he looks like a shoo-in to become Miami’s next mayor. Backed by a well-oiled campaign machine set to cruise control, the 39-year-old city commissioner is hitting the campaign home-stretch with more than $2 million in unspent campaign cash behind him. He has the kind of priceless name recognition only an eight-year elected official and the son of a former Miami mayor could claim. And he is supported by the city’s police and fire unions. He also enters mid-August front-loaded with voter support, having submitted nearly 2,000 valid signed petitions ahead of a Friday deadline to make the November ballot without paying a city qualifying fee. On Thursday, flanked by television crews, community activists, his wife Gloria and their 3-year-old son Andrew Xavier, he brought in dozens more signatures for “symbolic” value.
Earlier today, joined by community leaders and City of Miami residents, Commissioner Francis Suarez turned in thousands of petitions to qualify as candidate for City of Miami mayor, marking the first time in 50 years that a candidate qualifies via petition to be on the ballot in Miami. “I am humbled by the outpour of support that we have received from across the community since the beginning of our campaign for mayor,” said Commissioner Francis Suarez. “The thousands of petitions we gathered and turned in to the Clerk’s office today are a testament to the vast support we have from all our friends and neighbors in Miami.”
Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez is nearing the $3 million mark in his run to become Miami's next mayor after raising another $200,000 last month. Campaign finance reports filed by Monday's deadline show Suarez continues to pad his official campaign account, which now stands at $981,000. Add that total to the $1.7 million raised by the Miami's Future political committee, which is backing his campaign, and Suarez appears likely to shatter the $3 million mark before November's election. So far, he's spent close to $600,000 of that money -- about $600,000 more than any of his opponents (Robert Ingram Burke and Christian Canache have yet to report a single dollar raised).
The City of Miami has many challenges ahead as it continues to evolve into a world class destination. In this edition of Comcast Newsmakers, District 4 City Commissioner Francis Suarez discusses some of the key issues Miami is improving on, including updating its transportation infrastructure, addressing the effectiveness of red light cameras, and much more.
There’s an old saying that I always return to: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” When a stray bullet penetrated a window at Frances S. Tucker Elementary School and narrowly missed hitting a student in February 2016, my father, County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, decided to lead. He coordinated with Miami-Dade County Public Schools in creating the Envelopes of Safety Initiative, an after school program that provides a safe, creative space for the students at F.S. Tucker. A year later, an astounding 87 percent of the kids who participated in the program demonstrated growth in their reading proficiency. These gains are no accident; our kids need safe after school programming to flourish. Seeing the program’s success, I decided to follow Commissioner Suarez’s lead. Using some of my district’s share of the city’s Anti-Poverty money, I am funding an expansion of Envelopes of Safety to 16 public schools across Miami next school term. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Miami can sue two banks for predatory lending under the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The case arose from the 2008 financial crisis. Miami sued Bank of America and Wells Fargo, saying that their discriminatory mortgage lending practices had led to a disproportionate number of defaults by minority home buyers and, in turn, to financial harm to the city. Even as the majority of justices ruled that Miami was entitled to sue under the housing law, the court declined to decide whether the city had asserted a direct enough connection between the banks’ actions and the harm it claimed. The court sent the case back to the federal appeals court in Atlanta for further exploration of that question.