Sue Ellen Loyzelle, who was appointed to the Cutler Bay Town Council in December 2010 to fill the seat vacated when Ernie Sochin became vice mayor, was elected to Seat 2 by the town’s voters on June 28.
Loyzelle received 53.54 percent (1,514 votes) to challenger Chuck Barrentine’s 46.46 percent (1,314 votes). A total of 2,828 residents cast ballots in the election.
“I’m very happy for those that came out and voted,” Loyzelle said two days after the election.“It’s very important. Every vote counts. I’m truly appreciative of everyone who did take the time to come out and vote. That’s first and foremost, I want to thank everyone for that.
“As for my priorities, I really want to work with the town. We have some pressing issues getting our roads done. We have several projects on the table in part-nership with the county, so whatever we can do to get those projects moving is of the utmost importance.”
Loyzelle said that there is a charter school application that is due Aug. 1, so that also is a priority for the town at this time. Another important area she wants to work on is better communication with the community.
“As I was walking, a lot of people said they didn’t really know that much that was going on in the town, and so we really need to beef up our communication with residents,” Loyzelle said. “We have a beautiful cultural arts center in the town that’s getting ready to open in October. A lot of people are interested in attending that, so we need to make sure that we let people know the events that are going on there as well as what other things are going on in our town, such as public meetings and projects.”
Loyzelle has been a resident of the Cutler Bay area for more than 17 years, has worked for the YMCAof Greater Miami for 22 years and currently serves as director of grants. She also is involved with the Kiwanis Club and is a member of Leadership Miami, an annual program sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
“The election was an interesting process for my first election,” Loyzelle said. “I’m very happy with the response. I’m looking forward to staying positive and promoting our town, and making sure that the residents get what they need in services and programs, getting projects completed and transparency and open government.
“And I want to try to make the workings of our town a user-friendly process. We have a ways to go, but hopefully I’ll be able to bring in some ideas and some changes, and I’m looking forward to continuing my service.”