By Heather Carney, Sun Sentinel
5:10 PM EST, February 17, 2013
— A longtime public administrator will challenge the incumbent for Seat 2 on the commission.
Troy Samuels, who currently holds the seat, is running for a third time. He was first elected to the commission in 2005. Yvette Colbourne, a 20-year Miramar resident, is running for public office for the first time.
Miramar commissioners are elected at-large and serve for four years. They make $36,675 annually.
Samuels said his focus will be on economic recovery; Colbourne said she aims to eliminate disparities in services throughout the city.
Samuels said he wants to pull the city out of the recession by facilitating more job growth and keeping taxes low.
Samuels said the commission's decision to contract with start-up company Sun Bergeron Recycling for solid waste disposal will save residents at least $1.7 million.
If re-elected, Samuels said he would tackle concerns with transportation. Samuels wants to extend Pembroke Road westward to connect it to U.S. 27. He also wants to advocate for a trolley system along Miramar Parkway.
"I'm known to show up at your door when you call about an issue — I try to be responsive," said Samuels.
Colbourne has a vision for a more unified Miramar. She said her campaign slogan "One Miramar" is aimed at eliminating disparity and bridging the gap between eastern and western Miramar.
She said her 30 years of experience as a public administrator for Miami-Dade County will help her address uneven services, such as proper landscaping and the lack of a police station on the east side of the city.
"There's also nothing for the elderly or the disabled," said Colbourne.
If elected, Colbourne promises to keep taxes low and improve youth programs by decreasing the cost of programs and keeping parks open later.
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Family: Married, two children, one grandson
Education: Master's degree in public administration, Nova Southeastern University, 2002; bachelor's degree in business administration and human resources, Nova Southeastern University, 1988
Occupation: Retired; previously public administrator for Miami-Dade County
Political career: None
Civic activities: Member, Miramar Civil Service Board; vice chairman, Miramar Economic Development Advisory Board; former member, Broward County School Board Diversity Committee and Magnet Program Committee
Endorsements: U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar; Miramar Commissioner Alexandra Davis; Miramar Commissioner Wayne Messam
Personal: Married, two children
Education: Bachelor's degree in international relations, Florida International University, 1994
Occupation: Project manager and general contractor, TR Building Associates
Political career: Elected to the Miramar Commission in 2005; re-elected in 2009. Served as the city's vice mayor in 2006, 2009 and 2012.
Civic activities: Board member, National League of Cities Transportation & Infrastructure Policy Advocacy Committee; member, Broward County's Resource Recovery Board; city representative, Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization
Endorsements: Broward County Police Benevolent Association; Miramar Firefighters Local Union