(Be sure to hit on the second image to enlarge it).
The final Tally was a 15.6% Voter Turnout. The Miami Herald says that “Low turnout translates into big wins for Mayor Carlos Alvarez.” The challenger Helen B. Williams is black in a predominantly Hispanic county. She raised about $4,000 and did little, if any, campaigning. The Mayor raised $866,245 as of August 21st. Helen, doing nothing with these 2 strikes against her, got an amazing 34% of the vote – 58,273 people voted for her. I find this a pretty interesting match-up.
The rest of the County Commission races: They sucked in my book.
I drove around yesterday. In the Vile Natacha’s district I saw Vile Natacha's Chief of Staff, Terry Murphy, arms crossed over his Seijas T Shirt, staring out into the parking lot at a Miami Lakes Library. I could see voter turnout was low which always translates badly for challengers. Incumbents usually have the early voting and absentee ballots sewed up with their loyalists and their mailers.
I drove out to the Hammocks, a neighborhood in Whilly Bermudez’s district. There were black clouds overhead. As of 8/21/08 Martinez, the incumbent, collected $358,545. He had a last minute infusion of cash from Rock Mining interests (large amount of donations), Shoma Homes, The Farm Bureau, The Browns gave about $8,000 (they have an application pending to move the Urban Development Boundary). Remember, the limit is $500 but they have multiple corporations - I counted 16 donations.
Again, voter turnout was low in this district. What startled me was this bus enclosure ad within view of the voting precinct. Remember, with all his bucks Martinez could easily have afforded a bus enclosure ad. But, we paid for this one. Joe: You could have played fair. You had plenty of money. This is a thinly veiled campaign ad for which I had to fork over tax dollars. Hit read more to see voter turnout: