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Pahokee Candidates

Commission Group 1

Josefa Hernandez

Josefa Hernandez

I am Joesfa “Josie” Hernandez. I am a huge community activist in Pahokee. I am a candidate for Pahokee City commission group 1.

I believe it is time to bring UNITY in our Community with truth, honesty, and integrity.

I have worked on planning and zoning, I am on the neighborhood oversight panel, a school advisory chair, a 2020 census supervisor and a member of healthier Glades. I am an active member of my church, serve as a Hispanic behavioral health member and I’m currently employed by the Palm Beach County School Board where I enjoy working with our youth every day, they are our future and “we must” provide them with the essential tools necessary to be successful.

My goals for my City are:

  • To promote efficient and effective city government to improve levels of service.
  • Develop and maintain the public infrastructure to improve community appearance and encourage continued development.
  • Promote resident health, safety and education
  • Improve community involvement and trust

I am running so the residents of Pahokee can have a commissioner that will listen to them, serve them and work hard for them. That is pretty much who I am, “a listener who works hard every day.”

Sara Perez

Pahokee Candidates

Commission Group 2

Sanquetta Cowan

Sanquetta Cowan

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Juan "Johnny" Gonzalez

Johnny Gonzalez Jr.


Hello. My name is Juan “ Johnny “ Gonzalez.

I’m running for city commissioner in Group 2 in the City of Pahokee.

I decided to run to help our city prosper and to help our citizens live a better life. To me, in order to change the direction of Pahokee’s future, I would have to do more than just vote. That would mean, I would have to take the initiative and run for commissioner to be part of the solution. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from my class and was an ambassador at Florida Technical College. I believe a person should always use their skills to help others.

My platform is to help build the City of Pahokee to its full potential. Here are some things I would like to start working on as a commissioner.

  • Create economic security and development.
  • Fix infrastructure. ( especially areas that are neglected ).
  • Open a Veteran’s memorial park.
  • Bring in developers to offer affordable housing with a pathway to ownership.
  • Create a welcoming environment for citizens and visitors of Pahokee.
  • Collaborate with the school district to offer activities for our youth.
  • Offer educational opportunities for adults.
  • Repair relations between residents and city officials.

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