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Out of the Eye: Incumbents from the Least 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041889.003.0008
Out of the Eye: Incumbents from the Least Severely Damaged Cities

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Three cities located in the mild damage zone, Hialeah Gardens, Miami Springs, and West Miami were able to clear hurricane debris and return to normal in short order. With little damage, the northern part of the county was able to provide goods and services to the more severely damaged areas and business picked up quickly; the area benefitted from the disaster due to its close proximity to areas of greater damage. Elected officials experienced no negative effects from the disaster aftermath and benefitted minimally because of their history of taking care of their constituents after a significant hurricane event.

Keywords: campaigns; constituency service; damage zones; disaster relief; Hialeah Gardens; Hurricane Andrew; incumbency; local elections; Miami Springs; municipal politics; West Miami

Chapter.  4522 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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