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Leadership profile: Commissioner Audrey Edmonson

  Just because one holds office as an elected official does not mean they are a leader. However, in the case of Audrey M. Edmonson, the description applies. Edmonson, who is running for re-election in Miami-Dade County District 3 is a rare breed of civic servant who is fearless, focused and experienced at getting things done. There are ample visible examples of her work on the Miami-Dade County Commission. Edmonson has served on the Miami-Dade County Commission as District 3 commissioner since December 2005. She represents the diverse communities of Liberty City, Little Haiti, Overtown, the Upper East Side, Edgewater, Allapattah, and Wynwood, all located in the City of Miami; Brownsville, the Village of El Portal and the City of Miami Shores.

  “Commissioner Edmonson is one of the most committed individuals we have ever met and we have met them all” says Woodie Lesesne of the Lesesne Media Group. “Her communities are varied; some are affluent, while others are economically challenged. Still she serves each community according to the needs, challenges and opportunities.”  Lesesne added that she has followed Edmonson on typical days, and gained a deep degree of respect for her ability to harness her energies and insight to hear the needs of her constituents. “I’m amazed” said Lesesne. “From housing to job creation, and a list of achievements  her community can be proud of, this women and her staff are at the top of their games.”

  On November 16, 2010, Edmonson was elected by her peers as Vice Chair of the County Commission to a two-year term. Vice Chairwoman Edmonson currently serves as chair of the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee and as a member of the Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility and the Regional Transportation Committees.

  She also chairs the Value Adjustment Board and chaired the Census Redistricting Committee. She was appointed to serve as the Board of County Commission's representative on the Children's Trust and the Miami-Dade Canvassing Board.

  In January 2010, Vice Chairwoman Edmonson was named by former Commission Chairman Dennis Moss, as the Commission's Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort Coordinator. In 2007, former Mayor Carlos Alvarez appointed Vice Chairwoman Edmonson as "Honorary Chairperson" to the City of Cape Town, South Africa and Dakar, Senegal for the Miami-Dade County Sister Cities Program. She serves as the co-chair for the Public Safety Committee and is an Ambassador for newly-elected County officials for the Florida Association of Counties (FAC).

  Vice Chairwoman Edmonson is also a member of the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, the Immigration Task Force, and a at Large Urban County Caucus Member (LUCC) of the National Association of Counties (NACo).


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