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One incumbent headed to runoff, another reelected in Miami Gardens

 

ldixon@MiamiHerald.com

One incumbent will hold on to her City Council seat in Miami Gardens, while another is headed to a runoff, based on unofficial election results late Tuesday.

Lisa Davis, the current vice mayor, is headed for reelection in the race for Seat 2. Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro is headed to a runoff against former councilman Andre Williams for Seat 6.

With all 33 precincts reporting, Davis earned 61 percent of the vote in her race. Williams earned 41 percent of the vote while Ighodaro received 37 percent. The latter two will face off again Nov. 4 as neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote.

The other candidates for Seat 2 were Charlene Butler, a retired postal worker, and attorney Tamarah Lee. They had 19 and 20 percent respectively. The other challengers for Seat 6 were real estate agent Francis Ragoo and high school teacher Mykita Cherry-Prime, who earned 11 and 11 percent respectively.

The officials would join the council as the city continues to roll its plans for issuing its $60 million general-obligation bond. The city is also planning for a community redevelopment agency and continuing its efforts to combat crime and develop new business near Sun Life Stadium.

Also on Tuesday, voters approved both charter questions on the ballot. The resulting changes:

• Allowing each member of the City Council to appoint a resident to the charter review committee, including the at-large council member in Seat 6.

• Striking the section of the charter that stated that a vice mayor would be appointed at the city’s “first duly held meeting” because it is no longer applicable.

Voter turnout was somewhat light on Tuesday. Many residents were approaching the North Dade Regional Library as patrons and not as voters. Campaign volunteers frantically waved signs in the heat as the occasional voter pulled into the parking lot.

Walter Wilson, 70, has lived in the city for a year and said that he voted for the incumbents because he knows them and what they’ve done in office.

“I’m fine with everything in the city. They’ve done a good job,” Wilson said.

He said that moving forward, residents have to get more involved in city government.

“The problem’s not them; it’s the people around here who don’t go to the council meetings,” Wilson said. “You have to go to the meetings and voice your opinions.”

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