Hello and welcome to the inaugural issue of my “Commissioner on a Mission” newsletter. Some of you may recall that I created the “Commissioner on a Mission” program when I served on the Miramar City Commission.
In November, with your help and support, I made the successful transition to Broward County Commissioner, but my mission remains the same: bring economic development to our region, create jobs, assist small businesses, enhance public transportation, and ensure quality public services. I pledge to provide the leadership that is necessary to help District 8 residents through these difficult economic times and position us to take advantage of economic prosperity in the future.
I am a native Floridian and was raised in south Florida, got married here and am raising children here. I founded and operate a successful home healthcare business in Broward County and I have a vested interest in this community. I have gathered and continue to gather as much information as possible to assess how Broward County can best serve the people of District 8.
I have served as your County Commissioner for four months now and I believe I bring a fresh approach to government.
Here are a few issues I want to bring to your immediate attention:
- Recently, I fought against the enforcement of red light traffic cameras because I believe the technology is not reliable and would bring an undue and unnecessary financial burden to people already facing economic challenges.
- I have been an outspoken advocate of increased public transportation in District 8 and I have fought against further closures of public libraries. County data shows that southwest Broward has a booming population and has the most people in one commission district and I believe we need these services.
- Medicaid reform is a complex and extremely important legislative issue that many people don’t understand. Because of my healthcare business, I’ve made it a point to educate the Broward Legislative Delegation and elected officials here and in Tallahassee about what’s at stake and the impact of their vote on you.
- I believe that competition in the marketplace results in better service at lower costs. Recently, I voted against an agreement that would have forced cities to use one company for trash pick-up, processing and disposal. I believe encouraging other companies to compete for this business will bring potential savings, jobs and opportunities for small businesses.
I plan to use this newsletter as one way to better communicate with you, but I invite you to visit my website at www.broward.org/commission/district8 to find useful links to topics such as small business development, human services, foreclosure assistance, affordable housing, bus schedules, park and library hours and locations, etc.
My staff works very hard to accommodate District 8 residents with whatever questions or concerns you may have. Torey Alston is my Chief of Staff and excels in legislative analysis and public policy. My administrative coordinator is Kelly Pierson and she is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the office.
It is important that there are always open lines of communication between you and me. My competent and accomplished staff is here to provide you with quality service. I’d also like to hear your ideas and concerns. You can call my office at 954-357-7008 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. It is a privilege to serve you!
Broward County Commissioner
Barbara Sharief, her husband and children at her swearing-in ceremony. November 2010