If I Were Mayor

What Does Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Need To Know?

Mar 2, 2014
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Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors in office.

Homestead's mayor Jeff Porter, a former councilman and vice mayor, took office last fall. He follows Steve Bateman, one of the three mayors arrested in August of 2013 for corruption charges.    

 

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors. We spoke with Homestead's new mayor, Jeff Porter. Mayor Porter, a former councilman and vice mayor, took office last fall. He follows Steve Bateman, one of the three mayors arrested in August of 2013 for corruption charges.   

The position of Homestead mayor pays $6,000. It is intended to be a part-time position.

Key West Mayor Craig Cates Responds To Your Ideas

Feb 24, 2014
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Our final If I Were Mayor interview was with Key West Mayor Craig Cates.

Mayor Cates is a 4th generation Key West resident and has been the mayor of Key West since 2009. Though he got his second term with 70 percent of the vote, in 2013 he garnered only 54 percent, a difference he attributes to his approval of a controversial dredging study and his support for a 24/7 homeless shelter

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In our If I Were Mayor interview with Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, we asked him a few questions about the state of homelessness in the area.

Mayor Carlos Hernandez: Hialeah Gets A Bum Rap

Feb 5, 2014

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves. We spoke with Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández, who was re-elected last fall.

Here are excerpts from our conversation with him:

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves

Mayor Wayne Slaton was the first mayor of Miami Lakes after the town incorporated in 2000. 

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado Responds To Your Ideas

Jan 17, 2014

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves.

We spoke with Miami mayor Tomás Regalado who won a second term last November.

For our If I Were Mayor project, we asked what you would do if you were in charge of your town. Now, after the elections, we’re taking your ideas to the mayors. I spoke to Philip Levine, who was sworn in as the new mayor of Miami Beach Monday, Nov. 25.

This is Levine's first time in elected office; he is the CEO of a multi-million dollar cruise ship media business. 

Here are highlights from that interview:

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Though voter turnout in this off-year election was low in Miami-Dade county, some changes will be tangible and immediate: like the property tax hike to pay for renovations of the Jackson hospital system. We review other local election results from this week.

While it’s not yet 2014, elections for next year are already gearing up. Charlie Crist declared his candidacy for a return to the governor’s seat. He’ll face off first against former state Senator Nan Rich.  We speak to both Democratic candidates.

With several mayoral races underway, WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to know what you would do if you were in charge of your town. The project is called "If I Were Mayor."

Send us your ideas on how you'd improve your community and why.  Make sure to tell us how that issue affects you personally.

We'll be posting your ideas and stories online and sharing some of them on-air.  You can also tweet us #IfIWereMayor.

Although the position of Miami Beach mayor pays only $10,000 a year and carries no veto power -- or any executive power, really -- the race is one of the few competitive elections in South Florida. It's been an active battle among candidates Steve Berke, Michael Gongora and Philip Levine, even garnering unofficial endorsements from national influencers.

Former president Bill Clinton, Virgin CEO Richard Branson, billionaire Norman Braman and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson have weighed in on who they think should win.

Why all the attention?

Do South Florida Mayors Do Anything?

Oct 23, 2013

From reading hundreds of ideas for our If I Were Mayor project, we’ve learned two things:

1.  People are thinking big. From new, east-west train routes to more edible landscaping and higher educational standards, South Floridians have clear visions of what they’d like to see in their towns.

What Would You Do If You Were Mayor? Tell Us

Oct 16, 2013
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WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to amplify your views on the issues affecting your community through a series entitled, If I Were Mayor.

How would you improve your town? Give us your ideas and tell us why this issue matters to you.

In addition to publishing your ideas and stories, we're taking them to the mayors themselves. 

Use the form below to tell us:

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Let's start with a smaller story about wasted words. Barry University political science professor Sean Foreman is editing a collection of articles by big city professors about mayoral campaigns in their own cities.

It's for a book he's writing called "The Keys to City Hall." Foreman wrote the Miami mayoral story himself. It starts like this:

If I Were Mayor: In Key West, Naps And Better Bocce Courts

Oct 1, 2013
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For our If I Were Mayor project, we spoke to Key West residents about what they would do if they were in charge of their town.

Key West is holding its mayoral election today. Incumbent Craig Cates is running for his second consecutive term against repeat challenger Margaret Romero.

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