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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Grovite Mike Simpson running for Dist. 2 seat

Another hat has been thrown into the ring for District 2 Commission seat. Grovite Mike Simpson has announced that he will be running for the seat which will be vacated by current Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, due to term limits. Last month, local activist Grace Solares announced that she will be running, too, in the November 2015 election.

Mike is a long-time resident of South Florida, and a product of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system.  He brings 25 years of experience in the fields of retail and hospitality, professions. "They make up a substantial part of our workforce and our plans for the future but are today underrepresented on the Commission," says Mike.  

As a resident of Center Coconut Grove, Mike says he understands the need to balance the rich history of Miami with the progress needed to move Miami forward 
into the future. "As someone without a vested interest currently, I will provide a moderate and progressive view on the issues facing our city with fresh eyes," he says.

Mike says, "This year's Miami City Commission District 2 already election is shaping up to be the next chapter in the long tale that is Miami city politics. We have the established position, represented by the current Commissioner to be continued by whomever he supports in the race; we have the opposition candidate, long at odds with the powers that be, most times unsuccessfully. Left with only two choices, the citizens of Miami seem destined to four more years of the same issues and non-solutions coming from City Hall."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I and five other Groveites that I respect have never heard of Mike Simson. What are his qualification to be worthy of being elected? What has he accomplished in service to our community?

December 02, 2014 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simpson seems to strike a nice balance between recognizing the culture of the Grove and understanding that the desk calendar didn't stop on December 31, 1979.

It should be a good race.

December 02, 2014 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Simpson is the first person to run that is not a well-connected insider like Sarnoff and Solares. Go Chef Simpson!

December 02, 2014 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Apparently the only people qualified to run for the seat are those fortunate enough to know your five friends and acquaintances.

December 02, 2014 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we ask him to run on a quality of life platform? No more people exposing and relieving themselves in our parks next to children. No more drivers running lights, ignoring pedestrian intersections and endangering pedestrians.No more bicyclists who flout the traffic laws. A return to some law and order so that we can have some quality of life in what should be paradise?

December 02, 2014 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Mike Simpson said...

“Anonymous said...
I and five other Groveites that I respect have never heard of Mike Simson. What are his qualification to be worthy of being elected? What has he accomplished in service to our community?”

This was the first public comment to my candidacy, and while I am a bit surprised that only six Grovites haven't heard of me, I totally understand and respect this opinion.

The short answer is that I'm a Miami resident that decided that, instead of waiting for a candidate to come along that I could truly get behind, I would BE that candidate.

I believe that, if Miami is going to rely so heavily on Construction for job creation, that the majority of those jobs should go to Miamians, or else it really isn't that beneficial.

I believe that, any plan that is going to add thousands of permanent jobs to a neighborhood, but doesn't address the traffic issues of them getting to work or the parking issues while they're there, isn't a thorough plan.

I don't believe that “let's add retail shops and restaurants” is necessarily the solution to most of our problems as a city.

And, I absolutely believe that many of the issues that make living in our city difficult, or just annoying, are the minutae—like under-enforced basic traffic laws—which we seem to have lost sight of while we were staring up towards 1,000-foot skyscrapers. I wouldn't mind being a Mayberry-esque pothole-and-streetlight type of City Commissioner.

This is by no means the extent of my opinions about our city, but we have eleven months for all those discussions. I'm hoping that some people agree with me, I respect that some won’t, but I'm looking forward to the chance to meet and speak with you all.

December 03, 2014 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this is all fine and good, but Mr. Simson, has no one told you that this is Mrs. Sarnoff's seat?

December 03, 2014 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


So Mr. Simpson takes his time out to write a well thought out response and prospectus for his candidacy and all you have to respond with is some snarky remark that we've seen posted already dozens of times?

December 03, 2014 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Constituents of District 2 deserve an exceptional Commissioner that is qualified for the job, pays more attention to the electorate and less to developers, lobbyists and fundraisers. Who is not arrogant, condescending or argumentative. That candidate must have our respect, understand our needs, can represent all of this district, knows municipal process, well spoken, humble, polite, conciliatory, respectful and that has proven he or she has demonstrated the many years of caring for and serving the needs of our community. We deserve better than a candidate that can only state their concerns and make campaign promises. And we most certainly deserve better than a candidate whose campaign is based on nepotism.

December 03, 2014 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How is a candidate supposed to get their message across if they don't state their concerns and make promises? Are your responding to the claim that Sarnoff's wife is running? She's not, and you've just wasted your time with the above non sequitor.

December 03, 2014 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another politician? Dunno the man. Don't like him already.

December 04, 2014 7:18 AM  
Anonymous The Beard said...

To have a shot against the second coming of Sarnoff, there really needs to be just one candidate. With too many people running, the vote just gets split up between them and Sarnoff or his proxy end up winning.

December 04, 2014 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The beard must have paid attention to the last election.

But I thought Sarnoff was gonna have his henchman Ron run for his seat? Is that not still the plan?

December 04, 2014 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's elect the brilliant mastermind of the 27th ave oval infinity circle, -- puzzling absurdity that will never, ever be finalized -- or the geniuses behind Commodore's floating Islands. Whomever they are. No questions asked.

December 04, 2014 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


"Another politician" Did you even read the article? There is no mention of his holding any office in the past.

December 04, 2014 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Then he's either very naive or already corrupt. A fool, at any rate, to even venture around those murky waters..

December 04, 2014 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish you well in your campaign Mike.

December 04, 2014 9:36 PM  

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