On the Edge: Incumbents from Less 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:
On the Edge: Incumbents from Less Severely Damaged Cities

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The city of South Miami and the village of Key Biscayne were the only municipalities located entirely within the moderate damage zone. Incumbents from this moderate damage zone had less reelection success but generally attributed losses to factors other than Hurricane Andrew. One incumbent retrospectively opined that weak campaign efforts may partly have been due to exhaustion from post-hurricane efforts. Key Biscayne officials and respondents were convinced that the village's effective disaster recovery proved the wisdom of incorporation, which had occurred shortly before Hurricane Andrew struck.

Keywords: campaigns; constituency service; damage zones; disaster relief; Hurricane Andrew; incumbency; Key Biscayne; leadership; local elections; municipal politics; South Miami

Chapter.  4794 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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