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The first round in the special election in Miami-Dade District 5 - which covers MIami Beach, Brickell, and Little Havana - ended Tuesday with Eileen Higgins, a refreshing new face, and Zoraida Barreiro, wife of the former county commissioner who was there for 20 years, going to a runoff. Higgins got 35% of the vote to Barreiro's 33%, even though she had far less money. Former State Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla got 27% and radio host Carlos Garin got 5%. The runoff is June 19th.
More and more cities are using trolleys to connect to Miami-Dade transit options. In Coral Gables and downtown Miami/Brickell, the trolleys are popular with commuters who take them from the Metrorail to get to work and back. Families and tourists use them as well. Most importantly, they keep some cars off our already congested streets. We need more circulators like trolleys to ease the traffic on the roads. Tell your elected officials that you support the use of the half penny transportation tax for trolleys, shuttles and other circulators.
Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez has been a fighter since she first ran for office to represent the most defenseless and voiceless in her community, the children and elderly. She has since raised her voice for immigrants and women and underpaid teachers and students who go to school fearing a gunman could break in. She wants to go to Congress to fight for us -- our right to healthcare, our civil liberties, our clean water, our fair share. Read more about her here.
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