Miami Gardens - Opa-locka

Opa-locka’s Mayor Taylor re-elected

Opa-locka voters on Tuesday re-elected incumbent Mayor Myra Taylor and Commissioner Timothy Holmes and brought back past commissioner Terence Pinder.

Taylor, who took more than 40 percent of the votes, said that despite being exhausted, she was thankful the voters allowed her to stay.

Under Opa-locka’s City Charter, the candidate with the most votes wins, even if that person received less than a majority.

“I want to hit the ground running,” she said. “We’re going to finish the vision that we started.”

Darline Pierre-Georges, a nurse, said she voted for Taylor because her water bill was stable during Taylor’s term — which hasn’t been the case in the past.

“With her everything runs smooth,” Pierre-Georges said after voting at Robert B. Ingram Elementary School.

Commissioner Timothy Holmes said he was pleased with the results, but complained that rival campaign volunteers were aggressive with his volunteers.

“I’m just glad that the people saw through all the mess that was going on at the streets,” he said. “I’m very proud of the people of Opa-locka because they know who works for them.”

Terence Pinder took 30 per cent of the vote and said he was happy the people of Opa-locka had given him a second chance.

Pinder had been a commissioner in 2004, but was removed from office by Gov. Jeb Bush after being arrested on charges of theft and official misconduct for illegally using his city-issued credit card.

He pleaded no contest to Miami-Dade County ordinance violations and was fined $2,500 and placed on probation.

He said he wants to focus on city finances to manage spending and looks forward to working with his colleagues, most of whom he working with before his “situation.”

“I feel great about returning,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to do I feel a great responsibility with the people of Opa-locka.”