The SAVE Dade Action PAC has released their endorsements in connection with the November 3, 2009 City of Miami & Miami Beach General Municipal Elections:
City of Miami Beach
Mayor- Mayor Matti Bower
In the race for Miami Beach Mayor, SAVE Dade endorses the incumbent, Mayor Matti Bower. Mayor Bower championed equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people long before she became Mayor, and has continued to do so after being elected, doing everything she promised, and more, to support equality for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. She supported efforts by the City to promote equality through strengthening the existing domestic partner ordinance. She supported the first ever Miami Beach Pride Festival in 2009. And she appointed openly gay civic leader Victor Diaz to fill an empty commission seat in 2008 when the previous commissioner stepped down.
More endorsements after the jump!
Miami Beach Commission Group I- Commissioner Jerry Libbin
In the race for Miami Beach Commission Group I, SAVE Dade endorses incumbent Commissioner Jerry Libbin. While his opponent, Oduardo Segui, expressed full support for LGBT equality, Commissioner Libbin has a track record of support for equality during his service to the City, having voted in favor of every pro-equality measure on LGBT issues that has come before him. By his voting record, he has earned the support of the LGBT community in his bid for re-election.
Miami Beach Commissioner, Group II- Sherry Roberts
In the race for Miami Beach Commissioner, Group II, SAVE Dade endorses Sherry Roberts. Sherry Roberts has demonstrated strong community leadership and is passionate about representing the interests of all Miami Beach residents. In the contentious world of Miami Beach politics, she stands above the fray as a candidate clearly focused on serving the people she hopes to represent. SAVE Dade always strives to endorse the best candidate regardless of sexual orientation, and we believe Sherry Roberts is the best candidate. In addition, we believe that Sherry Roberts, as an openly lesbian candidate, a caring mom, and a successful business woman, will bring her courage, her generosity and her intelligent leadership to the Miami Beach commission, and by doing so will provide a great role model for young gay people, proving by her example that they too can make a positive difference in society.
Miami Beach Commission, Group III- No Endorsement
In the race for Miami Beach Commission, Group III, SAVE Dade interviewed three candidates, Alex Fernandez, Michael Gongora and Gabriella Redfern. All three were fully supportive of equal rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Two of these candidates, Alex Fernandez and Michael Gongora, are openly gay. The third candidate, Gabriella Redfern, is a strong supporter of LGBT issues and the Miami Beach residents who served as volunteer panelists on SAVE Dade's endorsement interview panel were very impressed with her detailed proposals for improving life for Miami Beach residents. After careful consideration, SAVE Dade has decided to make no endorsement in this race based on the fact that all three candidates proved themselves to be equal on the LGBT issues.
City of Miami
Miami Mayor - Joe Sanchez
In the race for City of Miami Mayor, SAVE Dade endorses Joe Sanchez. Both Joe Sanchez and his opponent, Tomas Regalado, voted for providing equal benefits to the domestic partners of city employees, and voted in favor of a resolution advocating passage of state anti-discrimination law inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, and in favor of a resolution advocating repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
However, Commissioner Joe Sanchez actively sought SAVE Dade's endorsement and committed to be a leader in advancing equality for all people if elected to be the next mayor. His opponent did not respond to SAVE Dade's candidate questionnaire and did not interview for the endorsement. Joe Sanchez made it clear during his interview that he intends to support equality for all regardless of whether it is perceived to be politically convenient, simply because it's the right thing to do. Therefore SAVE Dade supports Joe Sanchez for Mayor.
City of Miami Commission, District 3 - Pedro Diaz
In the race for City of Miami Commission, District 3, SAVE Dade endorses Pedro Diaz. This is an open seat with no incumbent. Pedro Diaz is running in a crowded race against six other candidates. He impressed SAVE Dade's volunteer interview panel with his mastery of the issues and showed promise as a strong advocate for equality in his future of community service.
Therefore, SAVE Dade supports Pedro R. Diaz for District 3 Commissioner.
City of Miami Commission, District 4- No Endorsement
In the race for City of Miami Commission, District 4, SAVE Dade makes no endorsement. Four candidates are running for this open seat.
City of Miami Commission, District 5- Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones
In the race for City of Miami Commission, District 5, SAVE Dade endorses the incumbent, Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones. Commissioner Spence-Jones earlier this year voted in favor of providing equal benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. She also voted in favor of a resolution advocating passage of state anti-discrimination law inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, and in favor of a resolution advocating repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She committed to providing future leadership in advancing dialogue and understanding between the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and other communities in her district.
Because of her voting record in support of equality, SAVE Dade endorses her for re-election to District 5.