— 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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