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Suarez Looks To Address Both Macro And Micro Issues As Youngest Lawmaker On Miamis City Commission


Written by on April 8, 2010

The youngest commissioner on Miami’s dais amid leadership shakeups and a fiscal crisis, Francis Suarez is laser-focused on two aims: address residents’ needs and straighten out the budget. "I’m going to let things simmer down a little before trying to push a legislative agenda just because we have so much on our plate," he says.

Having grown up with a mayor for a father — dad Xavier led the city for eight years — the 32-year-old attorney is no stranger to politics, and he’s taken his observations to heart.

Before shopping around a platform for the November election, Mr. Suarez went door to door to hear concerns.

"What’s important to people who are in government is not always what’s important to the people who are the beneficiaries of government," he finds.

The idea of giving back also stuck with him after being raised in a family "where being socially conscious was kind of a requirement."

He hopes to one day form his own nonprofit to fundraise and funnel support to community organizations.

Mr. Suarez talked politics and philanthropy with Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to Miami Today’s E-paper. With the E-paper you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department. Advertisement