Valerie wants to be your mayor

It looks like Vice Mayor Valerie Newman is running for Mayor of the city of Pleasant Living.

Yup, Valerie, who is a real public servant, announced her intentions of securing the top spot of the city and is off to the races (so to speak). Election Day happens to be Feb.11, 2104 and of course there is early voting, as well as absentee ballots.

Yeah, think it will be an interesting couple of months or what?

Count on the nasties been tossed around like a Springtime Salad with lots of odd combinations to whet the appetite.

I’m waiting with baited breath and can’t wait to sink my teeth into what’s going to be served up.

There are three slots open for this coming up election and they are:

In the mayor’s seat: Phil Stoddard is there now and is being challenged by Vice Mayor Valerie Newman.

In Valerie’s old seat: Donna Shelley has been out there campaigning for a while and Gabriel Edmond would also like the title Commissioner.

And then there is the seat that is presently occupied by Wally Harris: So far Wally says that he wants to keep the commission job that pays about $1,000 a month and in what just might be the comeback of the year, former mayor Horace Feliu has announced that he would to like to serve the citizens of South Miami once again.

There is still plenty of time to sign up to run for office, so if you want to give it a shot, just hop on over to city hall, pick up the package and get the ball rolling.

For the purpose of full disclosure: Commissioner Wally and I have known each other since the 1970s and at one point, he had his photography studio inside the Community Newspapers building., He also did some family portraits and his work was pretty darn good.

Ok so here’s some stuff to s chew on: Commissioner Wally started babbling at a recent commission meeting about Community Newspapers and me and his comments included “No other community served by his newspaper empire (yup he said “empire”) is exposed to such belligerent criticism.” Wally boy continued on with something to the effect that “the reason is simple… Michael Miller owns underdeveloped land on 62 Ave… Miller’s dream is to upzone his property to maximum his development profits…” He continued on… “Miller trashes any commission member who won’t vote to up zone his property.”

Well, Mr. Wally, let me set the record straight. You are 100% wrong; it is not my DREAM to upzone the property. That is so far down on my list of things to get done. My dream is way more significant and way better than upzoning our property on SW 62 Ave, which is the home of Community Newspapers.

Wally, you are certainly entitled to express your opinion at a public meeting and to have your babbling reprinted and passed around by none other than Commissioner Bobble Head.

I applaud you for trying to take the heat off yourself, and for pointing the finger elsewhere, but let’s be real about this whole thing. Not too long ago you were heard mumbling about how bad the commission was behaving. Wally stop your “aint my fault” attitude and at least act like you know what the heck you are doing.

Next thing: Wally, thanks so much for mentioning me at commission meeting and getting me airtime on Channel 77 and on the Internet. Golly, just don’t know what to do with all that publicity. And BTW, my two friends now think that I am thumbbody.

If you want to see what really ticked off Commissioner Wally, just google: South Miami. Anatomy of a City in Turmoil I think that you’ll get a kick out of it.

Thought of the Day:

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle, I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much. — Mother Theresa

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Michael Miller
Michael co-owns Community Newspapers with his brother Grant and serves as Executive Editor of the group of newspapers. He enjoys writing about local politics and area businesses. Michael can be reached at

2 Comments on "Valerie wants to be your mayor"

  1. Neil Signorelli | December 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply


  2. michael miller | December 8, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply

    Good point.Maybe she'll do it again in 2104. :)

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