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Good Government Initiative Announces 2012 Class

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    The Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami, founded by former Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson with funding from the Knight Foundation, has announced the members of its 2012 class of elected officials.

    The organization’s mission is to help develop and train elected officials as well as those aspiring to run for office and to engage the community in its governance through outreach and education.

    Members of the 2012 class are (from left to right):

    Assistant Mayor Joni Blachar, Bal Harbour Village

    Mayor Franklin Caplan, Village of Key Biscayne

    Councilmember Joseph Corradino, Village of Pinecrest

    Councilmember Lisa C. Davis, City of Miami Gardens

    Councilmember Jeffrey Hmara, Village of Royal Palm Beach

    Representative Shevrin Jones, Florida Legislature, District 101

    Vice Mayor Michael Karukin, Town of Surfside

    Mayor Ashira Mohammed, Town of Pembroke Park

    Councilmember Stephen Shelley, City of Homestead

    School Board Member Carlos Curbelo, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

    Commissioner Deede Weithorn, City of Miami Beach

    Commissioner Alexander Lewy, City of Hallandale Beach

    School Board Member Patricia Good, Broward County Public Schools

    Commissioner Josh Liebman, City of South Miami

    Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Village of Palmetto Bay

    Mayor Connie Leon Kreps, City of North Bay Village (not pictured)

    Classes will begin at the end of August and go through mid-November. Members will participate in training on a variety of issues, including budget and finance, ethics, land use, media relations, cultural diversity, and more.

    “Our goal was to assemble a balanced cohort of active, engaged leaders from South Florida who are eager to work with others and develop knowledge and skills in governance,” Sorenson said. “They represent the future of leadership in South Florida.”

    This year’s class opened on June 27 with a dinner at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Rosemary Barkett, federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, delivered the keynote address.

    “I congratulate all these elected officials for investing their precious time in expanding their knowledge and understanding of good government.  Not only will they benefit, but their colleagues, constituents, and the community will benefit as well,” Sorenson said.

    For more information on the Good Government Initiative, go to


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