2012 Election Special Edition
MIAMI — Incumbent Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson will meet Assistant Public Defender Keon Hardemon in a runoff for the District 3 seat in the Nov. 6 election.
Edmonson said she is “running off my record” and will continue the projects she has started in the district.
“We will continue with the roadwork in Little Haiti, building affordable housing such as the Brownsville Transit Village Apartments, job creation … a lot is going on in the district,” said Edmonson, who was appointed to the seat in 2005 to replace Barbara Carey Shuler.
“I have done a lot over the last six-and-one-half years, things that have benefitted the community, and will continue to see things through,” she said. The Joseph Caleb Center in Liberty City is scheduled for renovation.
A courthouse and four-level parking garage are planned for construction on the same grounds. The Seventh Avenue Transit Village project will be underway after the asbestos cleanup is complete.
“All these projects equal jobs,” said Edmonson, adding that she “will ensure that many of them go to residents in the community.”
In Miami Gardens, Rodney Harris, juvenile probation officer, and Ulysses Harvard, an insurance broker, will face each other in a runoff for the District 3 seat left open when Andre Williams resigned to run for Miami Gardens mayor.
Harvard, whose top platform is lowering crime, said the community is in need of businesses.
“We need restaurants, hotels, entertainment … safety will be a draw for these industries and keep the businesses we have.”
Area residents are concerned about the reduction in crime, Harvard said, “and a plan to build a partnership between them and the police will be formed. If people don’t call, the police cannot be there. The relationship needs strengthening between the two. Working together is the only way.”
Greer Elaine Wallace and Andrea Wolfson will face a runoff for County Court Judge Group 24.
Wallace said that she will serve with a firm hand and treat people with compassion and respect.
She added that she will welcome the opportunity to “sit in on cases that involve juveniles. A lot of social work goes on there, a lot of listening.”
*Pictured above is judicial candidate Greer Wallace, left and right is Miami Gardens commission candidate Rodney Harris..