Seven candidates are running for Miami-Dade mayor in 2016, but only three have managed to raise more than $10,000 and mount traditional campaigns. Here’s a look at the four relying on grass-roots support as they head into the Aug. 30 primary.
Name: Frederick Bryant
Residence: Overtown in Miami
Occupation: Retired teacher
Education: Florida A&M University
The first thing I would do as mayor is: Establish a better relationship between the government and the community. Establish a better relationship between the police and the community. Cause a decrease in the number of shootings.
Miami-Dade County most needs: Peace.
Name: B.J. Chiszar
Occupation: Retired, U.S. Army
Education: Master’s in public administration, bachelor’s degree in arts and political science, Florida International University
The first thing I would do as mayor is: Cut the mayor’s salary by 50 percent, bring faith-based programs for reducing violent crime to the county.
Miami-Dade County most needs: Reform of corruption and inefficiency to address crime, traffic, climate change, high taxes, tolls and fees, and illiteracy.
Name: Miguel Eizmendiz
Occupation: Retired, former property manager and political consultant
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, University of Havana, Cuba
The first thing I would do as mayor is: Analyze the current situation in Miami-Dade County government, apply the issues of my campaign for the people and not the government.
Miami-Dade County most needs: An honest and transparent government that works for the people and not the great financial interests created by companies and politicians. A government free of corruption, by the people and for the people.
Name: Farid Khavari
Residence: Palmetto Bay
Occupation: Author, entrepreneur
Education: Master’s in economics and social science from the University of Hamburg, Germany; doctorate in economics and political science from the University of Bremen, Germany
The first thing I would do as mayor is: Jump start the economy to environmentally safe and sustainable prosperity and economic security for all the people and small businesses.
Miami-Dade County most needs: To stop gouging people through tolls, red-light cameras, fees, etc. To create new good middle-class jobs by supporting small businesses.