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Miami Beach United CANDIDATES FORUM 2019

September 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miami Beach United
September 18, 2019
starting at 6 pm
Miami Beach Woman’s Club
2019 Election: This November there will be 4 seats up for election on the Miami Beach City Commission – three Commission seats and the Mayor’s seat. As of the date of this mailing, all candidates have committed to participate in the forum.
Being an informed voter is YOUR superpower! Come hear the candidates answer questions that may be on your mind.
Click here for information on the Miami Beach elections for 2019.
Click here for information on the candidates for 2019.
Want To Ask A Question of the Candidates? Questions will be drawn from those submitted by the MBU Board of Directors, and from current MBU members, submitted prior to 9/11/19 at 5 pm. Members can email their questions here.
Not yet a member? Not a problem! Click here to join!
Your membership helps support all MBU activities, including forums, (which are always free and open to the public) on important topical issues, and their recording and archiving at our site atmiamibeachunited.org. Join us to ensure your voice is heard!
Not registered to vote yet?
Not a problem!
In partnership with the non-partisan 501(c)3 League of Women Voters,MBU is providing you with the opportunity to either check your voter registration to verify that it is correct, and/or register to vote.
How do you know this is secure?
The LWV is a Third Party Voter Registration Organization and as such, must comply with the handling of the applications and submit to the Supervisor of Elections within 10 day of signature or face penalties.
What do you need to bring?
The voter registration application will be available in English, Spanish and Creole. The voter needs to be:
  1. 1- At least 18 years old, though you can pre-register at 16 (but can not vote until 18th birthday)
  2. 2- A citizen of the United States (you can register right after you’ve become a citizen.)
  3. 3-You must live in Miami-Dade County to register to vote in Miami-Dade County. There is no length of time you must live in the county as long as you register at least 29 days before the election in which you wish to vote.
You can also find information online here.
Our Mission
Dedicated to improving the quality of life for Miami Beach residents, managed and measured growth of our city, and ethical leadership of government – for a vibrant city rooted in history, its people, resources and neighborhoods, with focus on the future – by providing educational and analytical focus on the organization, structure, policies and performance of Miami Beach government.
#ICYMI – the NEW Miami Beach United website is live!
Thanks to outstanding marketeer and indefatigable MBU founding member Herb Sosa, MBU was launched in 2012 with a strong visual brand and web presence. But, as anyone who works with websites knows, the one drawback to websites is that the moment they go live, they have been surpassed by newer technology! So, after eight extremely good years, we say goodbye to our old site and welcome our new site. Still located at www.miamibeachunited.org, the new site is packed with new features, including a digital “suggestion box” in the footer, a new YouTube channel (more videos on the way), and an archive of past newsletters with live links to past resolutions and supporting documents.
Miami Beach United’s 2018 Inaugural Annual
“Commission Scorecard”
(2019 Commission Scorecard Coming At End Of City Fiscal Year)
Tracks Commission Votes To Show How Resident-Friendly
the City Of Miami Beach Elected Officials Are
Here’s how it works:
Each month, Miami Beach United identifies and tracks issues coming before the Commission. Many of these issues become resolutions, voted on by the Board of Directors, and shared in advance of the monthly Commission meetings with the Mayor and Commissioners (and staff) of the city of Miami Beach. They are also shared with all of you via this mailing list for MBU.
In each case, whenever MBU passed a resolution on a matter before the Commission, the scorecard indicates whether or not an individual elected official supported or opposed the action recommended by MBU. This is not a reflection of the elected official’s entire voting record. For ordinances, which require two hearings, only the final vote on Second Reading was recorded and counted. In some cases, when MBU’s recommendations were only partially implemented, that was treated as a neutral action, and that vote was excluded from the total score. All items were weighted equally when calculating an overall percentage grade for each elected official during the measurement period. This Commission Scorecard process will commence for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year with the November 2018 Commission meeting, with the final scorecard to be published at the end of October 2019.
Click here for more information and here to view the scorecard in its entirety, including which resolutions were tracked for the legislative year 2018.
2019 Miami Beach United Board of Directors
Tanya K. Bhatt, President & Marketing
Saul Gross, Treasurer
Rhea D’Souza, V.P. Membership & Recording Secretary
Ron Starkman, VP, Government Affairs
Ryan Barras
Hortense De Castro
Herb Frank
Jorge Gonzalez
Jack Johnson
Adam Kravitz
Sarah Leddick
Monica Matteo-Salinas
Scott Needelman
Kirk Paskal
Sandra Stendel
Silvia Winitzky
Nancy Liebman, Chair Emerita
Thanks to Diane and Alan Lieberman, our hosts at theMiami Beach Woman’s Club, and to Chris Rollins for facilitating our events at this historic and lovely space in the heart of Miami Beach. Click here to learn more about this unique venue and its history.


September 18, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Miami Beach Women’s Club
2401 Pine Tree Drie
Miami Beach, FL 33140 United States
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