Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez did something highly unusual and refreshing in today’s politics. He took responsibility for his mayoral campaign’s mistakes, he acknowledged them, put his priorities in order by recognizing that his family comes first and withdrew from the campaign. He did all of this with honesty, humility and integrity.
I had the pleasure of getting to know and like Suarez when he participated in the inaugural class of the Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami, a program I founded to educate elected officials at the state and local level in the important issues of governance.
With his intelligence, heart and willingness to learn from his mistakes, Suarez has a bright future ahead of him. I’m proud to know him and I look forward to his continued leadership at the city of Miami as a commissioner, and to his future in public service.
Katy Sorenson, president and CEO, The Good Government Initiative, Coral Gables