Miami Dade College and Downtown Development Authority to Host Mayoral Debate on June 22

Miami, June 13, 2011 – The Cuban Art Project/ Miami Dade College (MDC) has partnered with the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts to host a special debate between mayoral candidates, former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina and former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, in advance of the June 28 run-off election at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22.

At the event, moderated by renowned political journalist and the host of “This Week in South Florida” on WPLG Channel 10, Michael Putney, downtown constituents will have the opportunity to ask questions of both candidates regarding their plans to support continued growth and development within Miami’s urban core. City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado will also be in attendance and will provide a few brief remarks prior to the commencement of the debate.

The debate serves as the DDA’s kick-off of its Downtown Votes! campaign to encourage voter registration among new residents. More than 80 residential condo buildings were erected in downtown Miami since 2003, injecting new life into the district and forever changing the City’s skyline. Out of the ashes of the boom-turned-bust, a 24-7 community has emerged with more than 70,000 new residents now calling downtown Miami home. With a thriving business community, a dynamic arts community, sizzling dining scene, a bustling port and the educational anchor that is Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, downtown Miami’s future is more important than ever.

And more residents mean more voters: since 2003, Downtown Miami’s registered voter population has surged 184% — giving a much needed voice to the County’s largest employment center and economic hub.

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