|Sally Heyman, Rebeca Sosa & Javier Souto.|
My feelings are, Sally Heyman should be chair. There hasn't been a white, non-Hispanic since Gwen Margolis over a decade ago. I think that Audrey Edmonson would want to be chair as she is now the Vice Chair. Would anyone vote for her? I would, but I think Commissioners find her prickly. If there is to be a Hispanic I would hope that Rebeca Sosa is chosen. If I had a say, I would choose Souto during the secret ballot portion. He would drive all the Commissioners to drink and all meetings would last about 22 hours. The County Commission would self-destruct under Javier Souto.
Watch the excitement unfold about 2:30 or 3pm. Who do you think will get the nod of their fellow Commissioners?
3:57 pm It is between Rebeca Sosa (Zapata nomination) and Barbara Jordan (Moss nomination). I expect Sosa to win. 4:08pm Vote is in: Sosa is the chair with 7 votes. Jordan got 6. The Miami Herald said:
"The chairmanship race — which was unusually wide open going into Tuesday’s meeting — came down to Sosa, of West Miami, and Jordan, of Miami Gardens. Sosa won with a 7-6 vote, backed by Bell, Bovo and Zapata, and Commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Sally Heyman and Javier Souto. Barreiro, Edmonson, Moss, and Suarez, and Commissioner Jean Monestime, voted for Jordan. Sosa and Jordan voted for themselves."
The Herald's Patricia Mazzei said the Commissioners voting for Bell, over Heyman, for Vice Chair of the Commission were: Sosa, Suarez, Bell, Souto, Zapata, Diaz and Bovo. The only Hispanic to vote for Heyman was Barreiro. At least he did something right for once.