Commissioner Jean Monestime gets Nod as Miami-Dade Commission Chairman

Another first was achieved for the Haitian community when Jean Monestime, recently elected Miami-Dade District 2 Commissioner, was unanimously elected county commission chairman, a history-making moment. Jose Pepe Diaz, District 12 Commissioner, entered Monestime's name into consideration. His dual role will commence on January 1, 2015 (commissioner terms last four years, chairman two). He will replace retiring Commissioner and Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa of District 6.

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Monestime's role as chairman of the commission consists of arranging the agenda for items that may be placed before the board for consideration. Monestime says he feels privileged and wants to live up to the expectations his colleagues have of him in electing him to the chairmanship of the commission. He wants most of all to work with his ". . . fellow commissioners in a spirit of unity to keep Miami-Dade County moving in a positive direction" In a statement he released to the media, he alluded to the fact ". . . the American dream is still very much alive for anyone who works hard enough to achieve it."

Once the installation ceremony and Monestime's election as commission chairman had concluded, Haitians Living Abroad ex-Minister, Daniel Supplice, made a presentation of an autographed poster of President Michel Martelly to Monestime, who received the symbolic gesture with appreciation.

Monestime's experience in politics includes time spent as a North Miami councilman and vice mayor. He is president of Jacob Monestime & Associates, a Realty and Insurance Firm.

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