District 5 Candidate Eileen Higgins, Key West Pride & Scripps Spelling Bee Finalist

Jun 7, 2018

Two candidates are vying to be the next Miami-Dade County District 5 Commissioner. Former commissioner Bruno Barreiro resigned the seat in March to run for Congress, leading to a special election last month.

Progressive Eileen Higgins took 35 percent of the May 22 primary, and Zoreida Barreiro, the wife of current commissioner Bruno Barreiro, was close behind with 33 percent. Higgins sat down with Sundial to discuss how she will tackle transit, sea level rise and affordable housing issues in Miami-Dade.

The Florida Keys prides itself as a place of diversity and inclusion, and a haven for people in the LGBTQ community. Beginning on Wednesday and through the weekend the Keys will celebrate Key West Pride. Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers joined Sundial to talk about leaving New York for Key West, her experience running a women-only guest house there and her ties to Key West Pride.

And sixth grader Simone Kaplan from Broward County was one of the 16 finalists in this year’s Scripps Spelling Bee. She competed on the live broadcast and sat down with Sundial to talk about how she studies and her love for practicing spelling for hours each day.