Audrey Edmonson following in her mentor's footsteps as newest member of Miami-Dade County commission
When long-serving county commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler abruptly resigned last month, saying she intended to devote her time to caring for ailing family members, the rest of the Board of County Commissioners did not take long to find a successor as representative of District 3. They unanimously voted Dec. 22 to appoint someone to whom Ms. Carey-Shuler had been a mentor - the mayor of the Village of El Portal, Audrey Edmonson.
Ms. Edmonson, who had served three terms on the village's council before becoming its mayor, will serve on the county commission until the September election - in which she plans to seek election.
A former American Airlines flight attendant, marriage and family therapist and mental-health counselor and the mother of a teenage son, she now represents Liberty City, where she was born, Little Haiti, Overtown, Allapattah, Wynwood and Miami Shores as well as El Portal.
Ms. Edmonson was interviewed in her office at the downtown Miami government center by Miami Today international editor Michael Hayes.
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