The Herald recommends for Miami-Dade Commission: District 12



The wrath of Pets’ Trust advocates forced incumbent Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz into a contested race this year. Mr. Diaz, who represents Northwest Miami-Dade including Doral, Hialeah and Sweetwater, is challenged by a political newcomer, retired public school administrator Marjorie Figueira.

Ms. Figueira says she was encouraged to run for public office by voters who believed the commission failed to support efforts to improve Miami-Dade’s animal shelters. Ms. Figueira was the only candidate interviewed by the Editorial Board who linked herself to the effort to unseat commissioners over the issue.

Ms. Figueira promises fiscal responsibility, more citizen participation in the work of commissioners and to listen to complaints from constituents. She added: “I support honoring what the people voted for, and will work to implement the will of the people to make this a county a place where we don’t kill animals.”

Mr. Diaz, 53, is campaigning on his political record, first as councilman and former mayor of Sweetwater and as a 12-year commissioner. “I bring to this office a clear understanding of what government can do, a deep appreciation for the struggles of the middle class and a promise to promote a budget that poses no new taxes on residents.” That’s a good plan.

For the Miami-Dade Commission District 12 seat, the Miami Herald recommends, JOSE “PEPE” DIAZ.