So, it's been a couple of weeks. We've had ourselves an election and a swearing in.
Sincere thanks to our departing council members, Mayor Zavier M. Garcia and Councilwoman Rosalyn Buckner for your service.
A Special Thank You to the citizens who cared enough to step forward and put themselves out there on the ballot to be considered [read: knocked around] as prospective elected officials, but fell short: I'm looking at you Donna Hernandez, Eric Elza, Constantino Hernandez, Kathie Marquez and Martin Marquez. Having worked closely on campaigns that ended in victory as well as some that didn't - I will say that "those who talk far outnumber those who know." Let no person (or at least, no person who has never had their name on the ballot) minimize your contributions based solely on the returns - an election result is merely that...and I hope that your zeal for - and engagement with - our community and the issues it faces continue undiminished.
Last, but most assuredly not least, Thank You to the newest members of our Council, Councilwoman Maria Mitchell and Councilwoman Mara Zapata; and our returning members, Mayor Billy Bain, Vice Mayor Bob Best, and Councilman Jaime Petralanda - who have some idea of what they're getting into, and stepped forward anyway. I know I speak for many in the community when I tell you that our hopes are high and we're expecting great things from you. Good luck to you all.
Time to go to work. s/o
Bill Tallman has been a Miami Springs resident since 2002, and a community activist since 2003. He believes that the best decisions tend to come from people with the best information at hand.