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Miami-Dade College profs want to fight corruption with 'Candidates Academy'

Miami-Dade College’s professors have had enough of bad candidates and politicians.

So they’re doing something about it: Identifying future political leaders and training them in a six-month intensive fellowship for free.

Called “Candidates Academy,” the effort comes after a bleak year for public integrity in Florida’s largest county: Three sitting mayors indicted in state and federal corruption schemes, the indictment of a former congressional candidate and the jailing of a top political strategist.

“We deserve better candidates than we have,” said Mark Richard, president of the United Faculty of Miami-Dade College union. “And yes, polling shows and anecdotal evidence shows that Americans aren’t quite sure we have the best politicians.”

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