— The names and faces in the running for Seat 3 on the commission may look familiar to residents.
For the second time in a regular election, Alejandro "Alex" Casas is challenging incumbent Winston Barnes. Casas lost to Barnes in 2009.
Miramar commissioners are elected at-large and serve for four years. They make $36,675 annually.
Casas said he would use his experience as a businessman and out-of-the-box thinking to improve the city. Barnes said he'll continue to respond to individuals' needs and be the liaison between the residents and city staff.
Casas said he wants to generate more revenue for the city by marketing the city's cultural arts center and the city's sports complex to businesses.
"We're under utilizing many of the assets the city has," said Casas. "We need to market it in such a way to make it accessible to bring in business conferences and seminars."
Casas also said he wants to give raises to city employees who haven't one in at least two years.
"If we have happier people, they'll be more productive and more efficient," he said.
Both candidates said that they'll work to improve the western, historic area of Miramar.
Barnes said he wants to revitalize the businesses in that area by applying for federal and state grants. He said residents in that area already benefit from an improved waste disposal and sewage system.
Barnes also said he would address traffic on Miramar Parkway.
"We'll never be able to provide enough roads for the cars we have," said Barnes. "But we can make it easier for the residents."
Barnes said he represents integrity, experience and stability.
"I don't come at this from a political perspective," he said. "I think what I do is help people."
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Family: Married, one daughter
Occupation: News director, WAVS 1170 AM radio station; adjunct professor Florida Memorial University
Political career: Elected to the Miramar Commission in 2003; re-elected in 2005 and 2009
Civic activities: Usher and volunteer for youth department at ChristWay Baptist Church in Miramar
Endorsements: Broward County Police Benevolent Association; Miramar Firefighters Local Union
Alejandro "Alex" Casas
Family: Married, two sons, three grandchildren
Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering, California State University, Los Angeles, 1961
Occupation: Real estate agent with Coldwell Banker – Resorts International; president of two export companies, Millenia Corporation and Fluid Power International
Political career: Ran and lost for Miramar Commission in 2009
Civic activities: Member, City Manager's Budget Task Force; member, Economic Development Advisory Board; former basketball coach for Police Athletic League; member, Miramar-Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce