Former Mayor of Pinecrest, Candidate for the County Commission District for Coral Gables
Cindy Lerner served as mayor of Pinecrest for eight years, from 2008 to 2016. She is a past president of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities and served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2002. Recognized as a leader in the fight for sustainability and preparing for sea level rise, she served as the Chair of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy Steering Committee.
Lerner has now thrown her hat in the race to become Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 7, which includes most of Coral Gables, as well as Key Biscayne, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest, and South Miami. The current commissioner for District 7 is Xavier Suarez. She is campaigning on a platform of increasing light and heavy rail to alleviate U.S. 1 gridlock, preparing a master plan for sea level rise, and dramatically upgrading large public parks. She is also a proponent of self-determination for annexation, and for local film industry incentives.
What She Says
“The county has been in paralysis for the last 20 years,” Cindy Lerner says. “Nothing is being invested in infrastructure or transit or sustainability. No effort has been made to address these things.” What Lerner wants is a county prepared to become part of what she calls “the new economy,” and to provide solutions that partner with the private sector. “Having had the experience in local government as a mayor, and having served in the state legislature, I have seen how problems can and should be solved. It is just not happening at the county level.”