I would like to offer my congratulations to Ceasar Mestre for winning reelection to the Miami Lakes Town Council, although I do not believe that an incumbent running against a newcomer with little or no support should have to raise more than $50,000 from special interests. Fifty grand from Hialeah, and having the entire Town Council out there handing out your literature at the polls is a bit much. So much for grassroots.
The real hero is Xiomara Pazos. She is a single mom with no political experience, no endorsements and no money. Pazos was dismissed as a laughing stock and was not expected to get more than 5 percent of the vote. Yet, she took on the entire Town Council and managed to get more than 35 percent of the vote. She received over 2,500 votes and without absentee ballots, the race would have been more of a nail-biter. Pazos received more votes than Mayor Slaton when he was elected mayor in the special election.
The little known Pazos, with no money, no support, no endorsements and little campaigning received more votes than Slaton did in the last election and got a higher percentage than Slaton when he ran in 2008. She did better than Mestre did when he first ran for office. With a little more time and just a tad of money, who knows what might have happened?
Hopefully, Mestre will do a good job. My thanks for Pazos for at least standing up to the establishment and giving voters an election. It took guts and she deserves a pat on the back.
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Cecilia Cuartas, Miami Lakes
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