A month-and-a-half after filing campaign papers to run for Miami's District 3 Commission seat, José is ready to get his campaign going with a gathering at his Little Havana home.
Better late than never, we say. Some candidates never even get to the point of putting out an announcement.
Read past the jump to see the press release for the event.
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Saturday, May 20th at 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Jose Suarez, firstname.lastname@example.org, 786.233.4233
Little Havana Neighbor Launches Campaign for Miami City Commission District 3
Candidate José Suárezaims to stop political nepotism and bring real change to Little Havana
WHAT: Community campaign launch with neighbors, community leaders and volunteers. The program will include food, music, community fundraising and door-knocking.
WHEN: Saturday, May 20th at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: José Suarez residence - 1145 SW 13 Court, Miami, FL 33135
Miami, FL - A new candidate has filed to compete in the highly contested race for the City of Miami Commissioner, District 3. Running against most of Miami’s dynastic political families and career politicians, first-time candidate José Suárezstands out as one of the few with a long-standing history in the neighborhood and no political ties or commitments to big-money interests.
Suárez recognizes the fast-changing dynamics in the community. Everyday, he talks to residents who are struggling to afford to continue to live in their homes, to get to work through gridlocked traffic as well as small businesses that are plagued by endless road projects and a city government that seems to work against them more often than with them. Crime also seems to be on the uptick, and neighbors are speaking out about their concerns.
“My family has called Little Havana home for the past 54 years, and we’ve seen first-hand how our community has been neglected for years by mismanagement and politics as usual,” said Suárez. “It’s time that someone from the community stands up to raise the voices of neighbors and business-owners struggling to pay mortgages, rent and a slew of special fees, while politicians sell off this historic community to big developers who have no interest in our heritage, want to force us out to fulfill their financial dreams of turning us into another Brickell or Wynwood. Progress is good, but it must be done in a responsible manner that will benefit the hard-working residents and small businesses of District 3.”
Suárez believes that the decisions being made by City Hall are often short-sided and long-term impacts are not being taken into consideration. He made the decision to run because his community is at a crossroads, the next election will most likely determine the future of Little Havana as we know it.
“The reality is I am not going to be one of those big-money candidates,” added Suárez. “Quite frankly, I don’t want to be. You don’t raise $150,000+ without owing someone huge favors. There’s something inherently wrong with that. I’m running the people’s campaign because that is the way it should be. This isn’t about me. This is the organization of a movement that has existed for quite some time. It’s only with their participation, votes and donations that we will be able to bring real change to Little Havana and the City of Miami. As the civil rights heroine, Fannie Lou Hamer used to say, ‘we are sick and tired of being sick and tired’. It’s time for change.”