Miami-Dade County

New mayors in Aventura, Sunny Isles, El Portal

The cities of Aventura and Sunny Isles Beach, and El Portal have new mayors, and a whole host of Miami-Dade cities — big and small — have newly elected city council members or commissioners. Here’s a run-down of local results in municipal elections:


Enid Weisman, 67, is the new mayor. The chief human capital officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools won by a large margin against Lesley Winston for the open mayoral seat.

Another school district employee, director of public and media relations Denise Landman, 28, handily won the Seat 2 commissioner race against real estate business owner Gustavo Blachman, 53.

Attorney and mediator Marc Narotsky, 31, beat Jonathan Rogoff in the Seat 6 commissioner race.


Second-term Commissioner George “Bud” Scholl beat former Vice Mayor Lewis Thaler for the open mayoral race in Sunny Isles Beach.

Incumbent Commissioner Isaac Aelion was reelected for a second term against retired biotech/pharmaceutical sales representative Roberto Rodriguez in the Seat 4 commissioner race.


Claudia Cubillos defeated incumbent Mayor Daisy Black.

Roxanne Isaacs defeated incumbent council member Adam Woolson Old in a close rate for council Seat 1.

Aubrey Brunson defeated Teresa Sanchez in a close race for the council Seat 2.

For the Seat 4 race, Harold Mathis comfortably defeated Sonia Frederic.


Miami Gardens residents voted to keep Erhabor Ighodaro in his City Council seat based on unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. Ighodaro, the incumbent, defeated Andre Williams by a slight margin in the runoff election to win at-large Seat 6.


Former councilman Pete Cabrera defeated incumbent Bettina Rodriguez-Aguilera for Seat 2 of the Doral City Council. Cabrera, who served as a councilman for nine years, told the Miami Herald “it’s a new day for Doral.”

“Starting Wednesday, I will be working on making sure that the City Council has the proper decorum,” said Cabrera, whose campaign’s main focus has been reducing drama on the dais.

Cabrera ran in 2012 for Doral mayor but lost against current Mayor Luigi Boria.


Pinecrest elected two new council members, with retired firefighter Douglas Kraft winning against chiropractor and businessman Jeffrey Solomon for Seat 2, and longtime PTA leader Cheri Ball beating self-described “soil activist” Germaine Butler for Seat 4 by a wide margin.


Newcomer Luis Felipe de la Cruz and incumbents Franklin Caplan and James Taintor were elected to the Village Council.

De la Cruz won the most votes, followed by Caplan and Taintor.


Newcomer Seth Salver, 26, defeated Jordan Cohn, 79, for the District 1 council seat.

Salver has lived in Bal Harbour for two years. He was appointed to the Bal Harbour village budget committee in 2013 and was selected as the committee chairman this year.


Town Council members Jack Morrow and Edgar Ayala were reelected.

Ayala works at Sears as an air-conditioning repairman. He is well-known about town as a former popular delivery man for Wong’s Express Chinese restaurant. In 2012, after five prior attempts, Ayala won a council seat.

Morrow, a retired industrial engineer, has served as mayor three times and has been a council member for a total of five terms. He is known for wearing a wide hat both indoors and out.

About 500 people live in the West Dade town.


Incumbent mayor Myra Taylor has won another term as Opa-locka mayor. Taylor comfortably beat challengers Rose Tydus and Dorothy Johnson.

Longtime Commissioner Timothy Holmes was reelected along with a previous commissioner, Terence Pinder, with Deborah Sheffield running in third.

Dorothy Johnson ends her 12 years on the City Commission after her failed run for the mayoral seat.

An overwhelming majority of voters said yes to term limits.


Incumbents Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps and Commissioner Jorge Gonzalez will keep their seats on the North Bay Village commission.

Leon-Kreps defended her seat against village resident Jorge Brito, taking a majority of the vote by a large margin.

Gonzalez defeated village resident Mario Garcia to keep his seat.

“I got incredible support across the village,” Gonzalez said from his watch party. “I got my message across. Now, the voters have spoken. They voted to keep moving the village forward.”


In Palmetto Bay, voters will have to return to the polls for a Nov. 25 runoff election to choose a mayor and council member for District 3. Seat 1 has been decided, with Karyn Cunningham, a former teacher who now works for the United Teachers of Dade, handily beating local businessman David Zisman.

In the mayor’s race, incumbent Shelley Stanczyk will fight to keep her seat from her predecessor, founding Palmetto Bay mayor Eugene Flinn.

Seat 3 will be contested between retired firefighter Henry Clifford and industrial engineer Larissa Siegel Lara.

A charter amendment lowering the percentage of voters necessary to approve expansion of nearby private schools from 75 percent to a simple majority of those living within 2,000 square feet of the school failed to pass.

Miami Herald staff writers Lance Dixon and Monique O. Madan, and Melhor Marie Leonor, Marisol Medina, Lola Duffort, Rodolfo Roman and Alexi Cardona contributed to this report.