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A Letter to Our Community

Thank you for the enormous privilege of electing me to serve as your Miami-Dade County Mayor. Whether or not you voted for me, I will be a Mayor for everyone in our County, and I promise to work hard every single day to earn your trust.

I ran for Mayor for the exact same reasons that I have dedicated my entire career to public service: because I believe in working together to create a community where all people can build good lives for themselves and their families.

But these goals are being tested right now. Our community has been as hard-hit by the coronavirus as any. Only one county in the entire Nation has had more of its residents infected. We have lost nearly 4,000 of our loved ones, friends, and neighbors to this deadly disease, with thousands more hospitalized. To stay safe, we are making difficult choices to stay socially distant from the people we love. And we are struggling to rebound from the economic toll of this crisis, which has especially hurt communities like ours that are so reliant on hospitality and tourism. And, unfortunately, the end of this pandemic is not yet clearly in sight.

But in Miami-Dade we are no strangers to great challenges. We are a community that responds to every crisis thrown our way – from hurricanes to recessions and now a pandemic – with grit and resilience. In hard times like these we show the very best of who we are: A community built by those who came here seeking a better life, and know what it means to struggle and sacrifice to build a better future. And I’ve seen first-hand these last few months how we roll up our sleeves and get to work in difficult times. Together we have volunteered to help feed hundreds of thousands of struggling families. We have cared for our seniors and the most vulnerable. We have made sacrifices large and small in our day-to-day lives to protect one another and prevent the spread of the virus.

I am confident we will emerge from this chapter, but I also believe we must work to emerge better. We can’t ignore the big challenges before us, nor can we allow this pandemic to beat us down. We have the opportunity not just to safely bring back our local economy, but to create a fairer and more resilient community where all families can prosper. We can and we will: create pathways for more small businesses to succeed and thrive; build reliable public transit to better connect our community; solve our affordable housing crisis; address environmental challenges, neglected for far too long; and create an accountable, transparent government that is both compassionate and effective, working on behalf of all the people we serve.

I know with all my heart that our best days are still ahead. In the weeks and months before us, I will be listening closely to residents from across our county to hear your ideas about the future for Miami-Dade we will build together. Share your input and ideas here.

I look to the future with optimism, gratitude, and faith in our shared strength to rise above and build back together, stronger and even more resilient.

There is much good work to do. Let’s get started.

I know with all my heart that our best days are still ahead.

A Letter to Our Community

Thank you for the enormous privilege of electing me to serve as your Miami-Dade County Mayor. Whether or not you voted for me, I will be a Mayor for everyone in our County, and I promise to work hard every single day to earn your trust.

I ran for Mayor for the exact same reasons that I have dedicated my entire career to public service: because I believe in working together to create a community where all people can build good lives for themselves and their families.

But these goals are being tested right now. Our community has been as hard-hit by the coronavirus as any. Only one county in the entire Nation has had more of its residents infected. We have lost nearly 4,000 of our loved ones, friends, and neighbors to this deadly disease, with thousands more hospitalized. To stay safe, we are making difficult choices to stay socially distant from the people we love. And we are struggling to rebound from the economic toll of this crisis, which has especially hurt communities like ours that are so reliant on hospitality and tourism. And, unfortunately, the end of this pandemic is not yet clearly in sight.

But in Miami-Dade we are no strangers to great challenges. We are a community that responds to every crisis thrown our way – from hurricanes to recessions and now a pandemic – with grit and resilience. In hard times like these we show the very best of who we are: A community built by those who came here seeking a better life, and know what it means to struggle and sacrifice to build a better future. And I’ve seen first-hand these last few months how we roll up our sleeves and get to work in difficult times. Together we have volunteered to help feed hundreds of thousands of struggling families. We have cared for our seniors and the most vulnerable. We have made sacrifices large and small in our day-to-day lives to protect one another and prevent the spread of the virus.

I am confident we will emerge from this chapter, but I also believe we must work to emerge better. We can’t ignore the big challenges before us, nor can we allow this pandemic to beat us down. We have the opportunity not just to safely bring back our local economy, but to create a fairer and more resilient community where all families can prosper. We can and we will: create pathways for more small businesses to succeed and thrive; build reliable public transit to better connect our community; solve our affordable housing crisis; address environmental challenges, neglected for far too long; and create an accountable, transparent government that is both compassionate and effective, working on behalf of all the people we serve.

I know with all my heart that our best days are still ahead. In the weeks and months before us, I will be listening closely to residents from across our county to hear your ideas about the future for Miami-Dade we will build together. Share your input and ideas here.

I look to the future with optimism, gratitude, and faith in our shared strength to rise above and build back together, stronger and even more resilient.

There is much good work to do. Let’s get started.

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