Matti Herrera Bower

Matilde "Matti" Herrera Bower is a Cuban-American politician and retired dental assistant. Bower has been elected to three two-year terms as the Mayor of Miami Beach, Florida, beginning in 2007.[2][3] Most recently, because of a loophole in the term limits rule, Bower was able to run for an open commission seat, but lost by a considerably large margin in the run-off race against retired banker, Joy Malakoff .Bower won re-election to her third and final term as mayor on November 1, 2011.[4] She is the first woman, as well as the first Hispanic, to serve as Mayor of Miami Beach.[5] She is a Democrat,[6] though Miami Beach elections are nonpartisan.

Matti Herrera Bower
Matti Herrera 2012 Miami Beach Art Deco weekend.jpg
36th Mayor of Miami Beach
In office
November 21, 2007 [1] – November 25, 2013
Preceded byDavid Dermer
Succeeded byPhilip Levine
Personal details
Born (1939-02-04) February 4, 1939 (age 81)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Richard Bower
Children4 daughters
ResidenceMiami Beach, Florida
ProfessionPolitician, retired dental assistant[2]

Bower was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States. She attended Miami Technical High School and became a dental assistant.[2] Bower also spent decades as a local activist and preservationist, including advocacy for the successful preservation of the Miami Beach Architectural District.[2]

Bower served as a Miami Beach city commissioner from 1999 to 2007 before being elected mayor of the South Florida city in 2007.[2][4] She won re-election to a second term in 2009. The city of Miami Beach received a bond rating upgrade in 2010 and saw a balanced budget that same year under Bower.[3] However, pension costs have risen to more than $50 million in 2011, up from just $3.5 million in 2000.[3] She has also dealt with controversy surrounding Urban Beach Week.[3]

In 2011, Bower announced her re-election campaign for a third, and final, term as Mayor of Miami Beach.[2] (Mayors are term limited to three, two-year terms in office). Bower, who was 72 years old in November 2011, faced three opponents in the election: comedian Steve Berke, entrepreneur Dave Crystal, and public relations practitioner Laura Rivero Levey.[2]

Bower was easily re-elected to a third term on November 1, 2011.[4] She won 59.4% of the popular vote, or 4,103 votes.[5] Her closest opponent, comedian and Yale University graduate Steve Berke, garnered 23.38%, or 1,614.

Matti Herrera Bower was sworn into her third mayoral term on November 2, 2011. Bower ran for the Miami Beach Commission Group 3 seat in 2013, but lost to Joy Malakoff, garnering 2,641 votes (40.27%) to Malakoff's 4,214 votes (59.73%). [7]

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  1. ^ "Miami Beach New Mayor Matti Herrera Bower Proclaims Residents' Voices Will Be Heard". Office of Mayor Matti Herrera Bower. 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Miami Beach voters to choose mayor, commissioner". Miami Herald. 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  3. ^ a b c d Smiley, David (2011-10-14). "Bower and opponents agree: mayor is running on her record". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  4. ^ a b c Alvarez, Lizette (2011-11-01). "Florida: Miami Beach Mayor Wins Another Term". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  5. ^ a b Smiley, David (2011-11-01). "Miami Beach mayor coasts to third term". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  6. ^ Wilson, Mary Beth (2011-10-30). "Miami Beach Mayoral Candidate on "After Party" Ticket Still Serious". WTVJ. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  7. ^ Smiley, David (2011-11-03). "Winning incumbents sworn in on Miami Beach". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2011-11-06.