Regalado, Bower, and Robaina: Vote Against Them With Your Toenails

Tuesday is local Election Day. Turnout is sure to stink. Mayors in Miami, Miami Beach, and Hialeah are certain to be elected in landslides.

This is odd, because the local economy is in its worst condition since 1989. Race relations are at a 20-year low. And government is cutting services like a butcher slices up a pig.

Vote, folks. Vote against Julio Robaina and scare him. The trickery in Hialeah, as witnessed by the scandalette over Katharine Cue's residence and conflicts at the Hialeah Housing Authority are at an all-time high.

Vote against Tomas Regalado. While accessible, easygoing, and generally decent, the Miami commissioner hasn't annunciated a vision for the city. Manny Diaz began development downtown and even got the port tunnel and Miami 21 approved. Regalado is no such visionary. He's a great contrarian. But a leader?

Finally, vote against Matti Herrera Bower just

to be ornery. The lady is the first Cuban-American mayor of the

city. She's seriously pro gay rights and was a PTA president. But she needs to exhibit aggressive leadership. A couple of decades ago, Judge Sy Gelber cleaned up

the city through force of character. Miami Beach needs this kind of

stand-up top dog. So show Bower you want her to take control. She

can't lose this election anyway.

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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