Congratulations to Commissioners Oliver Gilbert, Eileen Higgins, and Kionne McGhee on Their Re-Election!

The Miami-Dade Democratic Party is thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Commissioners Oliver Gilbert, Eileen Higgins, and Kionne McGhee on their automatic re-election to the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Their unwavering dedication and exemplary service have earned them another four years in office, allowing them to continue their vital work for our community.

Commissioner Oliver Gilbert

Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III, has been re-elected to represent District 1. Born and raised in Miami Gardens, Chairman Gilbert has remained committed to serving the community that shaped him. With a distinguished educational background, including a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Florida A&M University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, Gilbert brings a wealth of experience to his role.

As a seasoned attorney with over 20 years of experience, his expertise spans real estate, municipal, constitutional, civil rights, and employment law. Gilbert's tenure as the longtime Mayor of Miami Gardens saw significant economic growth and job creation, culminating in the city's recognition as an All-America City in 2020. As the current Chair of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, he has been instrumental in advancing the SMART Program, enhancing mobility and transportation across the county.

Chairman Gilbert's leadership extends beyond Miami-Dade, with roles in the African American Mayors Association, Florida League of Mayors, National League of Cities, and U.S. Conference of Mayors. His commitment to public service and community uplift is reflected in his continuous advocacy for the residents of District 1.

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Commissioner Eileen Higgins

Commissioner Eileen Higgins, representing District 5, has been re-elected for a third term. Since her initial election in a special election in 2018, Commissioner Higgins has been a tireless advocate for the diverse communities she represents, including parts of Miami Beach, Downtown, Brickell, and Little Havana. Her dedication to solving pressing issues such as sea level rise, affordable housing, and reliable transportation has made significant impacts in her district.

With a background in engineering and international business, including roles with the Peace Corps and the State Department, Higgins brings a unique perspective to local governance. Her commitment to social justice and economic development is evident through her involvement with organizations like the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Miami Climate Alliance, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Commissioner Higgins's vision for a resilient, equitable Miami-Dade continues to drive her work, ensuring that everyone in her district has an equal shot at the American Dream.

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Commissioner Kionne McGhee

Commissioner Kionne McGhee, re-elected to represent District 9, brings a powerful story of perseverance and dedication to public service. Growing up in South Dade public housing, McGhee's journey led him to earn degrees from Howard University and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. His legislative career began in 2012 with his election to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served as Minority Leader before joining the County Commission in 2020.

McGhee's accomplishments as an attorney, author, and community leader are numerous. He is actively involved with the Florida Trial Lawyers Association, Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association, and the Greater Miami Service Corps. His initiatives, such as founding Y.A.L.E. (Young Advocates Leading by Example), showcase his commitment to empowering youth and advocating for his community.

Commissioner McGhee's leadership and dedication to his constituents in South Miami-Dade, including Homestead, Goulds, and Perrine, ensure that the needs and voices of his district are heard and addressed.

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Moving Forward

As we celebrate the automatic re-election of Commissioners Oliver Gilbert, Eileen Higgins, and Kionne McGhee, we look forward to their continued leadership and vision. Their collective efforts will undoubtedly contribute to a stronger, more equitable Miami-Dade County. Join us in congratulating these outstanding public servants as they embark on their next term of service!

Other County Commissioner Elections

in addition to celebrating our re-elected commissioners, we want to highlight the upcoming county commissioner races and important voter information:

Upcoming Elections:

  • District 3: Commissioner Keon Hardemon faces former Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and construction executive Marion Brown.
  • District 7: A rematch between Commissioner Raquel Regalado and former Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner. Richard Prashnik, a Miami-Dade Public Schools police officer, also joins the race.
  • District 11: Commissioner Rob Gonzalez is running to retain his seat against high school teacher Bryan Paz-Hernandez and elementary school teacher Claudia Rainville.
  • District 13: Former state Senator and current Commissioner René García faces Ian Anthony Medina.

Key dates and information

  • These races will be decided in the August 20 Primary. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates will compete in the November 5 General Election.
  • Vote by Mail: Ballots will begin sending out in mid-July. We encourage all voters to register for mail-in ballots for convenience and to ensure their voice is heard. Be sure to renew your vote by mail ballot at www.votefromhome.miami
  • Voter Registration Deadline: One month before the election date.
  • Even if your district is not electing a commissioner, it is crucial to vote in August to re-elect Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

Let's work together for a brighter future for all Miami-Dade residents!


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