If I Were Mayor

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:


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.

If I Were Mayor: 'Miami Lakes Against The World!'

Oct 1, 2013
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As part of our If I Were Mayor project, we asked Miami Lakes residents what they would do if they were in charge of their town.

Miami Lakes is holding a special election today to choose a new mayor after the suspension of Mayor Michael Pizzi. Pizzi was one of three mayors arrested last month on corruption charges.