I thought I would create a place for people to post information about endorsements in the Coral Gables Commission and Mayor races. I’m primarily interested here in organizational endorsements, not individual endorsements by local elected officials and worthies.
Thus, for example, I emailed the Christian Family Coalition, which usually endorses in County races, and was told they have not endorsed anyone.
I emailed SAVE-DADE, but haven’t heard back yet, and will post an update when I do. (I couldn’t find anything on their web page.) [Update 4/1: Still nothing on the web page, but multiple sources tell me that SAVE-DADE endorses Ralph Cabrera, Ross Hancock, and Mary Young.]
Ross Hancock said at the most recent forum that he was the only candidate in his group endorsed by the Sierra Club. Have they endorsed in any of the other groups?
Please let me know in comments of any endorsements, or of other groups that you think I should contact.
From President John Baublitz, Fraternal Order Of Police, Coral Gables Lodge #7
The Coral Gables Fraternal Order of Police Walter F. Stathers Memorial Lodge No. 7 has endorsed the following candidates for their hard stance on crime in the “City Beautiful”. These candidates have acknowledged that crime is on the increase and are committed to providing our members with the tools needed to fight these increases in crime.
Mayor: Ralph Cabrera
Commission Group II: Ross Hancock
Commission Group III: Pat Keon
Democracy for America has a web page endorsing Ross Hancock
I’ve got more emails out to local groups, and welcome your comments and suggestions for who to contact.
Forgot to link to Miami Herald Editorial Board Weighs Into the Coral Gables Commission Election, discussing the Miami Herald’s endorsement of Jim Cason, Vince Lago, and Pat Keon.
Ross Hancock is endorsed by the Sierra Club (the only Sierra endorsement in any group), Democracy for America, and the Coral Gables Fraternal Order of Police. (And some worthy officials and individuals.)
Ralph Cabrera is endorsed by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, Coral Gables Commissioner Maria Anderson, SAVE DadeActionPAC, Coral Gables Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #7, General Employees of Coral Gables Teamsters, Local #769, former FIU President Mitch Madique, former Judge Marilyn Milian, and many, many others.
SAVE Dade just announced their endorsements of Ralph Cabrera, Ross Hancock, and Mary Young.
Mary Young is endorsed by Coral Gables Fire and Rescue, SAVE DADE, former Mayor Dorothy Thompson, former Commissioner Chip Withers and Commissioner Frank Quesada. She is also recommended by the Miami Association of Realtors.