ABOUT DENNIS MISIGOY

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THE MAN

The youngest son of two immigrant parents, Dennis Misigoy was born and raised in Miami-Dade County, Florida, graduating from Miami Springs Senior High before earning his degree in Computer Science at Florida International University. After completing his studies, Dennis worked in the classroom as an educator, including four years as a public high school teacher. Later he began working as a software engineer, developing for industries as diverse as healthcare and specialized asset management. In his personal life, Dennis has been married for over fifteen years and is a father of three. He is also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served in various leadership roles at the congregation (ward) and local (stake) levels.

THE RECORD

In the November 2016 general election, Dennis was elected to Seat 1 on the Board of Supervisors for the Enclave at Black Point Community Development District, a special taxing district in Miami-Dade County. For the first two years of his term, he faced an uphill battle as the sole voice of community residents opposed to wasteful spending projects supported by other members of the board and consistently on the losing side of 4-1 votes on all contentious issues. But his leadership was able to mobilize enough support in the community to change the board during the midterm elections, after which he led the board in saving the community over 78% of the funds which had been allotted to the unpopular projects and moving their public meetings to a time and place reasonably accessible to working members of the community. Throughout the remainder of his term in office, Dennis was a consistent voice of reason, successfully standing up for the concerns of the community when the board considered proposed projects opposed by those who would be most affected.

 

THE REASON

Why I Am Running

There's a popular, often repeated quote that I'm sure you've heard and seen at least a few times, which says:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

At the same time, the majority of us realize - to the point that it has become a cliché - that a vote for a Republican or Democrat candidate is, at best, a vote for slightly lesser evil. We realize it, but we rarely confront it and stop to think what it means that year in and year out, we continue to elect evil. And at least some of the consequences are there to be seen for those with the time to look - such as how the FBI has targeted civil rights leaders for decades (including attempting to blackmail Martin Luther King, Jr into committing suicide and the killing of Fred Hampton), human experimentation such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, unconstitutional surveillance of the American people, and the decades worth of lies told to prolong the longest war in American history (exposed in 2019). Now consider that this is just some of the stuff we know about.

Whatever one thinks about the most popular political topics of today, there's no denying that this evil has grown and persisted within our government under the control of both Democrats and Republicans. Both parties have not only allowed these things to happen, but they've actively supported them and worked to keep them hidden from you. It may be presumptuous to call myself a good man, but I'm unwilling to sit by and do nothing as I see all of this. And I'm guessing that you feel the same way.

But what recourse do you and I have? I asked roughly the same question about five years ago, when I attended a public workshop hosted by the board of the community development district in which I lived. The board was presenting a traffic study for the purposes of proposing a project that was opposed by almost everyone in the community who spoke up that day. One by one, my neighbors voiced their disapproval, so I decided to do something different when my turn to speak on the record came. I asked what recourse we in the community had, and I was answered by the district's counsel (attorney). He plainly explained that the district's board of supervisors was like any other deliberative body of elected officials. The supervisors were there to represent us, so we can tell them what we want them to do or not do. If we're not satisfied with the job they're doing, we should vote for someone else in the next election. And if there is no candidate opposing them for their seat then we need to step up and run.

 

So that's exactly what I did, and I won over 63% of the vote in our small district. And now, I'm willing to step up again, albeit in a much bigger, and more daunting race. All of Florida's voters deserve an alternative to the duopoly and a chance to elect someone who can begin the work of turning the tide towards change by bringing real transparency, and I am ready to be that for our state.