It is an interesting phenomenon, that special interests (defined as those who either do business with the county -- through clients, subsidiary businesses or indirectly -- or depend on regulations to conduct their business) would care so much about one county commission vote when they have a total of thirteen. The reasons are complex, including the fact that District 8 encompasses the one area of the county that has open space and farmland lusted by the purveyors of suburban sprawl.
In the twenty years I've been following Miami Dade County politics I've detected the same shift towards professionalism in the service of messaging and message framing. Lynda Bell found a single issue to attack Levine Cava: the Marlins Stadium deal that Levine Cava had nothing to do with and that she opposed, yet Bell hung her entire campaign on propagating that one lie.
Bell's strategy combines fear and anger along with the cynical conviction voters' attention spans are short as the movement of an eyeball.
It is hard to know who will vote in District 8 in next week's August election, but for her part Levine Cava has run a model campaign, and on election day all the hard work will prove out: all the people she talked to, friends and volunteers reached, the caring people of District 8, the single moms and independent voters will elect a new county commissioner; Daniella Levine Cava. Or will the lies and mudslinging that Bell spent a fortune to propagate, suppress the vote and keep citizens at home?