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Good news awaits Key Biscayne

Grateful. That is the overwhelming feeling I get when looking at the hard campaigning work being done oby the seven men running for election in our island. These outstanding individuals, while having different backgrounds, share the common desired to make Key Biscayne an even better community than it already is.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading all the “mini-endorsements” and the genuine passion that comes through in them, leaves me with the sense that good news awaits Key Biscayne residents, regardless of who “wins” either of the three open council seats or who becomes Mayor.

We cannot go wrong! All seven candidates will join our remaining Councilmembers; Allison McCormick, Brett Moss and Katie Petros, to guide the Village forward and help shape a future our kids, and their kids, will be proud off.

Moreover, as hard as Ed London, Ignacio Segurola, Jeffrey Gonzalez, Luis Lauredo, Lucho de la Cruz, Mike Davey and Tony Winton have worked on their campaigns, their work will only get harder once five of them become elected officials. The issues affecting our community have not taken a break waiting to see who is elected. Nor has Village Manager Andrea Agha and her team stopped their work. Come Wednesday morning, when the election dust settles, the new Council will have to very quickly jump on the equivalent of a moving train and get right to work.

We thank all candidates for their dedication. We KNOW there are no “losers” from this election as we know all the candidates and know that, win or lose, all will continue working to ensure our government is accountable and working for the betterment of Key Biscayne.

While most of the attention has been on the four open council seats, there are many other important issues we will be voting on. Key Biscayne has an amendment on the ballot where a YES vote allows our council to fill a council or mayoral vacancy by appointment rather than special election. Islander News supports this as the one fiscally responsible solution; keep our tax dollars working on solving issues, not on conducting special elections.

We invite you to take advantage of our coverage in this Islander News issue on the five Miami-Dade County amendments and the 12 statewide amendments on the ballots. We hope you find this information useful in making a decision come Tuesday.

Finally, Ed, Ignacio, Jeffrey, Luis, Lucho, Mike and Tony – good luck and thank you! May the best man win. And, looking ahead, we sincerely hope that for 2020 we will have several female candidates on the ballot.

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