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Monday, February 09, 2015

And now there are five

Lorry Woods, left, downtown small business owner and community leader, has filed to run for Commissioner of City of Miami District 2.

Lorry is the owner of Elwoods Gastro Pub in downtown Miami. She started the business five years ago. I sort of like the idea of bellying up to the bar and talking face-to-face to my commissioner over a beer and pub grub. I'm serious. 

"When I first started the business, I saw first-hand the resilience and determination of everyday Miamians working hard to provide a better future for their families. They deserve a city commissioner who will look out for them every single day. They deserve a commissioner who will engage residents, work with businesses, invest in community assets, vote against bad deals, value good government, and fight to make sure regular Miamians aren't left behind from this latest economic boom," says Lorry.

From the press release: "In addition to running her small business, Lorry also serves on the Downtown Miami Partnership -- a private sector group that facilitates growth for the businesses and residents in the Downtown/Brickell area. While participating on the Partnership's Quality of Life Committee, Lorry works hand-in hand with residents, Miami police force, the homeless coalition, downtown ambassadors, and public works to reduce crime and ensure the safety of the community."

"Prior to moving to Miami, Lorry has spent her career as a licensed U.S. Customs broker executing global logistic sales for companies that included FedEx, DHL, and Expeditors International. As a trained negotiator, she has the ability to bring stakeholders together and build consensus to get things done."

She grew up in Denver, Colorado and has two sons, Robby and Cliff and lives in Downtown Miami with her husband Lewis.
Lorry's first step on her campaign will be a district-wide listening tour to hear the priorities and concerns of residents and businesses.

Others running are Grace Solares, Mike SimpsonRosa Maria Polamino and Teresa Sarnoff. There is talk that Grovite Seth Sklarey is also running, but we have not received the news yet.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish all the people in this race not named sarnoff would get together, hash out a plan, and combine resources.

I fear we will get a repeat of the divided opposition to Sarnoff.

February 09, 2015 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:45 hit the nail on the head. Too many people wanting to run in order to change things will inevitably lead to the old guard staying in control.

February 09, 2015 3:06 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

If there aren't enough choices, then people complain. If there are too many choices, then people still complain. ... Good reporting, Grapevine. I forsee fairness during the election season, as always.

February 09, 2015 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does she want? Same as all freaking politicians, money or power trips? Both! Her downtown pub can't produce nearly as much of either one.

You can smell the political mambo jambo already a mile away. So easy to tell, they all regurgitate the same crap.

February 09, 2015 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes Tony, if Miami is famous for anything, it's for fairness during elections... always...

February 10, 2015 1:14 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Haha, that's excellent! You are so right. ... But I meant fairness in the Grapevine's reporting about the candidates, not the elections themselves. Good one.

February 10, 2015 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken Russell of Friends of Merrie Christmas is considering to run for Sarnoff's seat.

February 10, 2015 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more candidates run, the more the votes will be divided and the better the opportunity for the candidate with the largest War Chest to achieve victory. All those candidates that wish to stop the Sarnoff inheritance will be inadvertently helping to assure it will continue. Candidates should be more concerned with the “Greater Good” and not just their own personal agenda or time in the spotlight. Concentrate your efforts to achieve change by uniting behind the most qualified candidate that has the best chances of success. Support the candidate that has earned our respect, attended hundreds of Commission meeting, fought for justice, legal process and honesty. All the candidates should meet and decide who is the best to represent our community. Help get out the vote. Arrange fundraisers and community meet and greet opportunities. Share your concerns for a better future. Help make that better future a realty. My support goes to Grace Solares.

February 10, 2015 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:40 are you trying to say "Anonymous" is endorsing Grace Solares? I have news for you, there may be some big shots throwing their name(s) in the hat. The impending real estate adjustment may change a lot of things.

February 10, 2015 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Research all the candidates very well before you offer them your support and valuable vote. Determine who has been championing the best interests of our community for many years prior to this election. Guess which of these candidates will be continuing to champion our best interests, even if they fail to win the election? That would be Grace Solares. Splitting the votes amongst several candidates that have done little or nothing to champion our best interests in the past, will assure a victory for the Sarnoff inheritance.

February 11, 2015 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This shows what Mr.Sarnoff is capable of doing just to win the race.

February 11, 2015 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being an effective commissioner is difficult. We have all seen Frank Carollo and Marc Sarnoff fail and novice commish Keon Hardemon has been another embarrassment for District 5.

February 11, 2015 7:14 PM  

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