Jackson Rip Holmes is running for the Coral Gables City Commission in the Apr. 9 election.
Holmes was born and raised in Coral Gables. He has a law degree from the University of Florida. He owns property on Miracle Mile, and he works as a real estate agent.
If elected, what would you do in the first 100 days?
“We know each commissioner is only one of five votes, and cannot unilaterally order city staff action. I would continue my advocacy to implement my traffic solution — MetroRail on our superhighways — by asking the City Attorney to join Vince Lago’s pending lawsuit against the county to get this one. I would place on Agenda: 1. Department store for downtown. 2. City ID’s to help immigrant residents in the era of discrimination. 3. Misting Machine stations for the downtown area to beat the overwhelming summer heat, ala Disney World and Ocean Drive. 4. I would vote for lower taxes, while protecting police, fire, and trash pickup.”
What motivated you to run for office?
“Seriously flawed downtown development.”
Why do you think you would be the best candidate for the position?
“I know how to enrich the city by enriching the downtown, to relieve taxes for residents, but avoiding urbanization of the downtown. Vince Lago and I can team up to solve Coral Gables’ and the county’s traffic problem.”
Holmes’ campaign website is www.ripholmes.com/.