Miami Dade County Community Forum

Friday, May 21, 2010

Photos of the Candidates from the District 8 Forum Dinner. By Fran Bohnsack

As soon as we get the video of the event, we will post the link online. We want to thank all the candidates for their participation. Here are the County Commission District 8 candidates in no particular order :

Pam Gray

Jason Culler.

Eugene Flinn

Albert Harum-Alvarez

Daniel Marmorstein

Annette Taddeo

Lynda Bell. Unfortunately, our photo of Lynda Bell did not come out, so we borrowed one from the web.


  1. AnonymousMay 21, 2010

    I thank UEL for putting together this forum. It was helpful to me as I was undecided and not familiar with many of the candidates. I am extremely appreciative of all the candidates. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself under the political/public microscope.
    While I am still undecided, I have three front runners now in no particular order: Lynda Bell, Albert Harum Alvarez, and Pam Gray. While I appreciate the civic spirit of Marmorstein and Culler, they should just drop out because they haven't any clue about County government (even though Culler apparently used to work for the County) and do not have a good understanding of ongoing issues in our community and therefore would not be able to maneuver effectively. Taddeo and Flinn were a little better in terms of community knowledge, but I was not too impressed with them and they seem to be in the race more for their egos.

  2. AnonymousMay 22, 2010

    Disagree on Bell and here is why:

    Florida Pro-Life Group Wants Governor Crist to Pick Lawson for Supreme Court

    by Steven Ertelt Editor
    February 5, 2009

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    Tallahassee, FL ( -- A Florida pro-life group is calling on Governor Charlie Crist to pick Judge Alan Lawson for a vacancy that exists on the Florida Supreme Court. Crist has been given a list of names of possible nominees and Florida Right to Life says it believes Lawson is the best candidate.

    Soon, Crist will appoint the final replacement for the open seats of the Florida Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the central Florida seat previously held by Justice Charles Wells.

    Wells is stepping down due to mandatory age retirement of the Florida Constituion.

    On Monday, a panel that chooses finalists for the high court named for attorneys for the short list for the latest opening.

    They include two circuit judges in Sanford: James E.C. Perry and Debra Steinberg Nelson. Alan Lawson, currently on the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, and Orlando lawyer Dan Gerber are also on the list. Seven attorneys applied for the opening.

    Florida Right to Life told on Thursday that it is backing Lawson.

    "This final appointment is absoutely critical to issues that Florida values voters and social conservatives are concerned about pro-life issues," Lynda Bell, the group's president, said.

    "We need judges who are not activists, but who respect and recognize their limited restrained role as an academic interpreter of law. We need judges who will strictly uphold the Constitution, and not legislate from the bench," Bell added.

    "Therefore, we need to let Governor Crist know that we support Judge Alan Lawson for the current vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court," Bell concluded. has also learned that attorney Dan Gerber is strongly pro-life as well and has impressive credentials when it comes to opposing abortion.

    ACTION: Please e-mail Governor Crist and respectfully urge him to appoint Judge Alan Lawson or attorney Dan Gerber to the Florida Supreme Court. Send your e-mail or faxed letter to the governor.

  3. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    bell worst person for any job