MIAMI GARDENS, FL –Youth and vitality may be coming to the dais in the City of Miami Gardens, in 2020. Arbie Nickerson, Jr., a 21-yea- old, lifelong resident of the city, officially launched his campaign on for City of Miami Gardens Council, District 5 on Tuesday evening, April 2, at Starbucks, 19401 NW 27 Avenue, in Miami Gardens. If elected, he is sure to be the youngest elected official in the City of Miami Gardens since its incorporation in 2003.
The young candidate hosted a Town Hall meeting to make his announcement, unveil the first phase of his platform, and took Q&A from attendees. About fifteen (15) Miami Gardens residents were on hand to witness and participate in the humble, yet historical campaign launch.
Nickerson acknowledges his youth, and what opposition may confront him because of it. However, he professes to be wise beyond his years, having done his homework, and he is ready to work.
Watching and living the everyday life struggles of his parents and neighbors, in the City of Miami Gardens, made him realize that while the city has progressed, some residents have not, due to lack of information, resources and capital.
He wants to change that by becoming the voice for the voiceless in his District, and the messenger that brings his constituents’ concerns to the table for discussion and resolution.
Nickerson states, “…I want to create a more community interactive, user friendly, governmental presence that the residents can utilize, refer to, and depend on for answers…”.
Arbie is a product of a faith-based family, and a lover of music from an early age. He has created, written and performed music both personally and professionally since age 10.
His love for the entire community is just as entrenched, as he has worked with special needs individuals for several years through the Beyond Our Abilities division of the S.E.E. Foundation; an organization that promotes diversity and inclusion of special needs individuals through their mission of socialization, education and employment.
In 2017, the B.O.A. Division of the S.E.E. Foundation hosted a Special Games at Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, in Miami Gardens, where approximately four hundred (400) special needs kids from across the City of Miami Gardens participated in various outdoor and track and field events for medals and prizes. Currently, Arbie Nickerson serves as the Director of Beyond Our Abilities.
He is poised and prepared for the journey before him, but is laser focused on the goal. His mission to create a progressive community that is diverse, informed and engaged is personified in his campaign slogan: “Togeher We Live, Together We Progress”.
For more information about the ARBIE NICKERSON CAMPAIGN FOR MIAMI GARDENS CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 5, visit www.arbienickerson.com, follow his journey on social media; FB: Arbie for Miami Gardens City Council Seat 5, IG: @nickerson2020, Twitter: @nickerson2020.