The black-and-white photograph on the mailed flier harkens back to another area. The candidate for Florida governor with dark hair smiles and waves as he holds a massive thank-you sign. Longtime Miamians would recognize young Bob Graham's face anywhere.
But what's it doing on a political mailer in 2016?
Lending his big name to a tiny political campaign.
Graham is everywhere these days in Miami Lakes, the town his family helped found on land owned by his family's Graham Companies. There's mailers and door-hangers and automated telephone calls -- all paid for by the Graham Companies -- featuring the Democratic former governor and U.S. senator. He urges a "Yes" vote on a slew of changes to the town's charter.
In the campaign pieces, Graham explains his involvement -- unusual for someone of his stature -- by saying he wants one of the charter amendments in particular: the one that would require a majority vote -- and not just a plurality -- to elect the town's mayor.
"This issue is personal to me," Graham writes in a letter printed on one of the fliers. "I finished second in the 1978 campaign for governor. Because Florida had a Majority Vote election, which required a majority of Florida voters [sic] support to be elected, there was a run off. I was then elected and had the honor to serve you for 8 years."
The town's sitting mayor, Michael Pizzi, who could be most hurt by the charter changes, called Graham's involvement unbecoming.
"I'm a great admirer of a lot of the things that Sen. Graham has done," Pizzi said. "But I just think something like this, it's a little too heavy-handed. Putting his pictures on door-knockers and robocalls, I just think it's a little bit beneath the dignity of the offices he held."
With a majority-vote rule, Pizzi could lose re-election later this year. Pizzi faces several opponents in the Nov. 8 election, making it unlikely he can clear a 50 percent-plus-1 majority. Force Pizzi into a runoff, and a united opposition -- perhaps led by the deep-pocketed Graham Companies -- could make him lose. Other charter changes would limit some of the mayor's authority.
Graham, who was unavailable Friday because he was in Los Angeles to appear as a guest on the HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher, told the Herald on Saturday that his support for the charter amendments has nothing to do with Pizzi.
"I have not had a conversation with the mayor on those issues, and I don't see this as a personal issue," he said. "It's in the best interest of the community."
Graham said Miami Lakes -- which he remembers from the time it was a dairy farm -- has never had a similar charter election, and his concern is for the town's long-term governance.
Pizzi is a divisive figure who beat back federal corruption charges in 2014. He has butted heads with the powerful Graham family before. He recently proposed a moratorium on any new development and voted against a project on a Graham Companies property, and he opposes a planned "mega mall" on another Graham Companies tract.
"I don't think the Graham Companies should use their power to try to overwhelm the voice of the average residents," Pizzi said, "and I think that's what they're trying to do here, and it's kind of scary."
A local political committee, Concerned Voters of Miami Lakes, has been advertising against the charter changes, and a Tallahassee-based, pro-business PAC, Save Our Constitution Now, has been pushing for them.
But it's Graham who appears to have made the biggest splash. The Graham Companies' political muscle includes The Miami Laker, a company-owned newspaper published twice a month that has prominently displayed its vote-yes stance.
"THE TRUTH behind the Special Election misinformation campaign," reads the top headline of the May 6 edition, which blasts the Concerned Voters' campaign. (Sample inside headline: "Graham Companies provides sponsorship and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity home.")
Miami Lakes resident Esperanza Reynolds , a Pizzi supporter, opposes the charter revisions because she doesn't want more power in the hands of unelected city administrators. But she called the intense campaign from both sides "strange" and Graham's interest "puzzling," even though she added, "I think the world of him."
"His family, that we look up to, telling us what we should be doing?" she said. "I'm not sure what's in it for them."
This post has been updated with Graham's comments.