Posted by: jamesvw | December 9, 2009

January 12 – Miami City Commission

Jan. 12 – Miami City Commission District 1 and District 5 Elections


See all upcoming Special Elections

Unfortunately, one of the ills of society that is highlighted by this blog is corruption. Since the focus is often on special elections, many times, these need to be called when the current holder of the seat in question is indicted or convicted of a crime.

Miami, stunningly, is a special case. Of the 5 members of the City Commission, its version of a city council, 2 were removed from office in the last month on corruption charges. Since one election needed a runoff in late November, the city commission was literally unable to proceed with votes because it only had two members.

In District 1, Angel Gonzalez resigned as he began his third term after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for landing his daughter a no-show job through his connections with the city. In District 5, Governor Charlie Crist removed Comissioner Michelle Spence-Jones after she was indicted for allegedly illegally securing county grant funds for a family business.


To see a sample ballot, click here

District 1

Voters in the neighborhoods of Allapattah, Little Havana and Flagami will choose from 9 candidates. On such short notice, the front runner is the well known Willie Gort, a former Commissioner. Also running are Eric Bodin, Mariano Cruz, Luis De La Cruz, Waldo Faura Jr., Miguel Gabela, Manuel Richardson, Mike Suarez and Richard Tapia.

District 5

In Miami’s poorest and most crime-riddled city commission district, voters will get to choose from 8 candidates. This district covers Overtown, Little Haiti and Liberty City.

One is very familiar as the woman removed from the office is running for the seat despite being under indictment for corruption. Michelle Spence Jones hope voters forgive easily. Of the seven running against her, the most prominent contender is the Reverend Richard Dunn who served as an interim Commissioner in 1996.

Joining them in the race are Yashica Brown-Rogne, David Chiverton, Robert Malone, Dufirstson Neree, Pierre Rutledge, Georges William and Erica Wright

It is hard to learn about all of these candidates, so I would be grateful for any information about them from Miami residents.



  1. Although a newcomer, Manuel Ricardson brings a wealth of experience and leadership qualities to the table to this election. Once a chemical engineer in he Domnican Republic, he has moved over to America stating from square one, to the point he is in now.

  2. Mike Suarez ran against Angel Gonzalez (the aforementioned ousted Commissioner of District 1) back in 2007. Mr. Suarez has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and served on the City of Miami Code Enforcement Board. He grew up in the City and is all about working for the people; Mr. Suarez has discussed ending gross misspending of funds on overdevelopment and funnelling money towards servises for the people, including public transportation and housing. Furthermore, he has discussed developing neighborhoods towards being more family-focused, among other themes.

  3. Thank you both for the information on both these candidates in District 1. I am sure it is not only informative to me, but also to potential voters.

  4. Eric Bodin is a veteran and small buisness owner in the district. Check out his campaign website as listed below.

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