Updated with Sharief response | 1:05 p.m. Nov. 8
Original post | Nov. 7
Broward Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief will have at least one challenger for her Broward County Commission seat in next year’s election: Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra Davis.
Davis, who recently filed the paperwork to run for the Broward County Commission District 8 seat, was first elected to the Miramar commission in November 2010. She filled Sharief’s vacant commission seat when Sharief decided to run for county commission.
“I’m very in touch with the community at the grassroots level. We need to be out and about engaging the community,” said Davis. “I’m very optimistic."
Davis said her connection to Miramar residents and the business community will help her succeed at the county level. If elected, she said she'd like to expand opportunities for youth through apprenticeship programs and countywide initiatives.
District 8 represents Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Park, and West Park.
Davis, who has been a Miramar resident for more than 20 years, worked for Miami-Dade County in various departments for 18 years. She started up a Caribbean non-profit organization called Caribefest, Inc. that hosts a Caribbean cultural festival in Miramar every year.
She was born in London to Jamaican parents and moved to Jamaica when she was 11.
Davis, who will have to resign from her Miramar commission seat in November, said she hasn't named her campaign manager yet.
Districts 2, 4, and 6 for the county commission are also up for election next year.
Response from Sharief, via email on Friday:
My thoughts about the election in 2014 is this, I have worked hard for my community and to represent Broward County as a whole. The people in my communities of Pembroke Pines, Miramar, West Park, Pembroke Park, and Hallandale recognize that and I feel that is my edge over my opponent. My colleagues have recognized that time and time again as evidenced by the fact that on November 19th, 2013 I will become the first African American Female Mayor of Broward County. My colleagues on a state level have recognized that by the fact that I was elected to serve as Second Vice President of The Florida Association of Counties. In addition I served as the Health and Human Services Co-Chair for Florida Association of Counties for 3 years. I have represented Broward County's interest not just locally but in Tallahassee and Washington D.C. and have brought back the results that the residents of Broward County needs “money”, that helps to keep taxes low here in Broward. I represent Broward County at National Association of Counties and I completed my Certification to be a County Commissioner both Basic and Advanced for the State of Florida. I have also completed the National Association of Counties Leadership training program to ensure that I am the best County Commissioner I can be. My commitment to enhancing my leadership skills and knowledge about my county is evident and those around me recognize and support that.
I have championed issues on health care and Medicaid that saved Broward county over 33 million in unfunded mandates which would have equated to a 1.8 mill tax increase for Broward county residents. I have advocated to save our Ryan White funding to help control the conversion rate of AIDS in Broward County. I have obtained funding for parks in the district to help residents on all sides east or west to have a better quality of life. I fought against red light cameras one of the most regressive taxes that exist in our county today. I have experience with the major projects that drive our job creation and economic development here in Broward County. The bottom line is that experience in my professional life as well as my experience as a county commissioner sets me miles apart from my opponent and I believe that will be the determining factor that helps me to succeed in this race. My great grandmother use to say “to whom much is given much is expected”. The same is the case here and I have lived up to and exceeded the expectations.Copyright © 2015, CT Now