Miami-Dade County

Activist Grace Solares to run for Miami’s District 2 Commission seat

Grace Solares
Grace Solares El Nuevo Herald

One of the most anticipated political races in Miami over the next year got a running start Monday, when uber activist Grace Solares filed to campaign for the city’s District 2 commission post, which represents the big-money neighborhoods of Brickell, Coconut Grove and Downtown Miami.

Solares, a 68-year-old paralegal from The Roads section of Miami, has earned a reputation over the last 15 years for bird-dogging issues at City Hall and filing lawsuits over projects like SkyRise Miami. She previously served as president for homeowners umbrella group Miami Neighborhoods United and is currently the president of the Urban Environment League.

She is seeking a seat currently occupied by term-limited Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, whose wife, Teresa, is expected to run for his post in the November 2015 election. Solares has taken shots at both Sarnoffs, accusing them of representing big business.

“It is time to have somebody on the commission who will actually do things for the community, not for the special interests only,” said Solares. “And I’m quite fearful that Teresa Sarnoff will only rule and vote on behalf of the special interests. That’s the only candidate that I know of that is campaigning out there.”

Teresa Sarnoff did not return a voicemail Monday, but said last week that she hasn’t yet made up her mind on whether to run. Her husband dismissed Solares’ barbs Monday.

“Democracy is a wonderful process and we all get to look under the hood of everyone who runs in this process, both their pluses and minuses, and that’s why they called it a run,” he said. “And I’m sure she [Solares] will not be the frontrunner.”