In the Eye: Incumbents from Severely Damaged Cities

David K. Twigg

in The Politics of Disaster

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041889
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043890 | DOI:
In the Eye: Incumbents from Severely Damaged Cities

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Florida City and Homestead were entirely within the severe damage zone of Hurricane Andrew--the hurricane's eye wall. Devastation from the hurricane is most clearly associated with this area of the county. Initially, incumbent elected officials worked to help relieve the post-Andrew chaos and suffering. Insurance, FEMA, and other forms of assistance that poured into the area later provided incumbents with a “leadership” rationale for electoral support and with an explanation for the funding limitations that prevented local officials from fulfilling expectations and completing initiated projects. Success in subsequent elections related to incumbents' activity in their jurisdictions and their perceived closeness to the electorate.

Keywords: campaigns; constituency service; disaster relief; Florida City; Homestead; Hurricane Andrew; damage zones; incumbency; local elections; municipal politics

Chapter.  9179 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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