MIAMI GARDENS (CBS4) -Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson hopes to unseat longtime Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan by challenging her for the District 1 commission seat.
“I have really given this more thought than anything I have done,” Mayor Gibson told CBs4 News.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment?
Mayor Gibson is the first mayor of Miami Gardens and has held that post for 9 years. This grandmother of two told CBS4 News exclusively that her campaign for the Commission seat launches this week.
“Everyone should have a better quality of life, and if we make the right decisions, we can help them to get there,” said Gibson.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Students Honored For 'Doing The Right Thing" And Helping Save Lives
South Florida auto tycoon Norman Braman says he did not recruit Mayor Gibson to run for the Commission seat, but says he did have a conversation with her saying it would make him very happy and that he will absolutely support her.
Commissioner Jordan told CBS4 she thinks Braman is behind the plan to unseat her.
“I’m sure the people in District 1 are wise enough not to allow Norman Braman to dictate who will represent them,” said Commissioner Jordan.MORE NEWS: Miami’s Interim Police Chief Manny Morales Responds To Accusations By Ousted Chief Art Acevedo
Gibson is responsible for putting Miami Gardens on the map with the highly successful and nationally-known “Jazz in the Gardens” festival.