Miami New Times Article About Raquel Regalado:
She says she loves working in media, that it feels like home. But then the second-term Miami-Dade County school board member adds she might soon give it all up.
"When you become mayor, you have to leave it behind," she says matter-of-factly. "I'll give up radio and TV. Both."
The 40-year-old recently announced she plans to run for either city or county mayor. Neither position has ever been held by a woman. And even though the elections are still one and two years away, respectively, she's the odds-on favorite for both. Her political profile is higher than ever. Last fall, Regalado, an Energizer Bunny single mom of an autistic 11-year-old daughter, put her reputation on the line to almost single-handedly bring down a controversial $393 million courthouse bond.
Carlos Gimenez has a sudden interest in the school board, maybe trying to steal Regalado's thunder. It was only a week ago he was saying Not my job. He is NOW working with the Superintendent on a fix for tax appeals (the tax appeals hold up school funding) according to the Miami Herald's Typepad. Raquel is a School Board Member and has been championing this issue.
I don't know anyone that supports Gimenez anymore. Maybe it is his abrupt manner, maybe it is his lack of loyalty. Maybe it is his nasty demeanor to former friends.
By the way: What is his former aide, Inson Kim doing? She was the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs. Now she is supervising policy and legislative affairs for the Office of the Mayor, she oversees matters related to the County's Intergovernmental Affairs, Charter Review, Agenda Office, Agenda Coordination, Property Appraiser, Commission Auditor, Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, and Inspector General. In other words, she is in the way of many Departments, overseeing Department heads. Wasn't Jack Osterholt enough of a meddler? Now we need two? It is a mystery to me on how the Mayor is coming up with so many really stupid ideas. I think Jack is a major problem for him besides all his lobbyist buds. For me it was Lynda Bell that killed my respect for the Mayor. He can never regain that respect from me even though Bell is gone. I warned him about her but he is so arrogant he wouldn't listen.