Local Leaders Challenge Miami’s District 5 Candidates To A Community Debate


Community members call on candidates to answer questions about crime, education, jobs and the future of Miami’s District 5

1269543_10151960558274074_1300185668_oOctober 17, 2013 – Miami, FL – Business, faith-based and community leaders have called on the candidates for Miami’s District 5 Commission Seat to take part in the “Future of District 5:Community Debate” on October 22, 2013 at 6:30p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami. Debate organizers expect the candidates to address major issues facing the District including crime and future redevelopment. “We wanted to provide District 5 residents with an opportunity to hear the candidates through a simplistic forum that encourages civic engagement,” said event organizer Merdochey LaFrance, Principal of TaylorMade Strategies. “Dialogue emerging from the debate questions are designed to get to the heart of the matter; as candidates, what vision does Malone, Colyer, Dunn, & Hardemon have for the residents of District 5 and is it S.M.A.R.T- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. ”The debate is being brought to the community by several stakeholders that are vested in the progression of District 5. These companies, TaylorMade Strategies, Evans & Associates, MediumFour and Metro1, conduct business, own, reside, and/or manage properties within the district.“District 5 plays a very crucial role in the development of Miami’s urban core and we are very much committed to these neighborhoods,” said Stacey Glassman Mizener, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Metro1. “It is important to become very familiar with the values and track records of the candidates that will be representing this district.”District 5 is the most diverse district in the City of Miami. Its borders span from Little Haiti to Liberty City and extend from Overtown to Allapattah. In addition, due to redistricting, neighborhoods in the city’s Upper Eastside, such as Belle Meade, Palm Grove, and Shorecrest have been added to the District’s geographic footprint.“The conversation of this debate will address the pressing issues facing District 5,” said debate moderator Benjamin Evans, Principal of Evans & Associates. “We are not interested in long drawn out responses that really don’t address the actual problem, which are common in typical debates. Residents, business owners, and stakeholders alike want solutions that are tangible, practical, and achievable.”The candidates, who all agreed to take part in this community debate, include social services worker Jacqui Colyer, the Rev. Richard Dunn II; assistant public defender Keon Hardemon, Esq.; and public school instructor, Dr. Robert Malone Jr. The four are vying to replace two-term commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, who remains popular in the community but is prohibited from running again due to term limits.

Event Details:
The Future of District 5:
A Community Debate
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

Tuesday October 22, 2013
6:45p – 7:15p Meet and Greet
7:30p – 9:00p Debate

Source: Evans & Associates

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A native of Miami, Florida, Kerline Jules is one of South Florida’s leading young professionals and community leaders invested in public service and passionate about elevating the message of social and economic empowerment. Kerline believes a legacy of good intentions is no legacy at all; her very focus is on making sure that her life’s work makes an impact.

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