Yvette Colbourne, who defeated Miramar Vice Mayor Troy Samuels in her first run for public office, will be sworn into office at 6 p.m. Monday, along with newly reelected incumbents Winston Barnes and Alexandra Davis.
The three will join Mayor Lori Moseley and Commissioner Wayne Messam. Barnes, 64, won by a more than 3-1 margin and Davis, 51, ran unopposed. Barnes has been on the commission for 10 years, while Davis just finished a two-year term.
“The people have spoken and that’s what is so great about our nation. The citizens have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice and that candidate was Yvette Colbourne,” Davis said.
Colbourne, 51, may be a new addition to the dais, but she has worked as a Miami-Dade administrator for many years. She is president of the Riverdale Homeowners Association and vice chair of the Miramar Economic Development Board . She also has sat on the boards of several civic and political groups. She plans to resign from the association and the board.
“Public service is a way of life for me; with a master’s degree in public administration and retiring after serving the public as an administrator, I am very excited for the opportunity to continue serving the public now as an elected official,” said Colbourne, who will occupy the Group 2 seat.
“I would like to thank Commissioner Samuels for the eight years of outstanding service he provided to our city,” said Colbourne, who worked for Miami-Dade County for 30 years and recently retired.
Samuels said he felt Colbourne based her campaign on race and party politics while he focused on promoting his accomplishments and extensive years of service as commissioner.
“Her message resonated with those of the Caribbean, who came out in mass to vote,” Samuels said.
Moseley congratulated Colbourne on her win, although she was disappointed that Samuels didn’t win.
“I made it no secret that I was supporting the incumbents because I thought they did a great job,” Moseley said.
The City Commission meeting will begin after the swearing-in at 7 p.m. at Miramar City Hall, 2300 Civic Center Pl.