Miami, Florida , United States
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African - Liberal -
|Info||Miami-Dade County Commissioner Betty T. Ferguson was first elected to the District One seat of the Board of County Commissioners in March 1993. She was reelected to a second term in October 1998, and to a third term on September 5, 2000, each time without opposition. District one includes the communities of Carol City, Norland, Crestview, Rolling Oaks, Bunche Park, Scott Lakes, and Andover, as well as the City of Opa-locka and portions of the cities of North Miami Beach and North Miami. |
A native Miamian, Commissioner Ferguson is married to U.S. District Court Judge Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. They have two children, a daughter, Tawnicia; and a son, Wilkie, III. Ferguson attended Miami-Dade County Public Schools and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University and a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Ohio State University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letter Degree in 1996 by Florida Memorial College. The American Speech, Hearing, and Language Association certified her as a Speech Pathologist, and professionally, she started her teaching career as a professor at Howard University in 1967 and later taught at Florida Memorial College. She has been a Speech and English-as-a-Second Language professor at Miami-Dade Community College, North Campus, since 1971.
Commissioner Ferguson, a lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that created district elections of County Commissioners in Miami-Dade County, is the founder of UP-PAC (Unrepresented People’s Positive Action Council) a community breakfast forum that has been meeting to discuss community problems for more than 14 years.
Since she has taken office, Commissioner Ferguson has initiated many positive changes in district one, including;
A new Carol City Police Station #9
The new Bunche Park Fire Station
The new Honey Hill Fire Station
The development of the 12-million dollar plus Carol City
Community Center, a first for the area
$20 million directed to District One for drainage and sidewalk improvements and safe routes to school
More frequent roadside cuttings
A new small recreation center at Carol City Park
The new Metrobus circulator service
New buses for commuters
The creation of a satellite enterprise zone to spur economic rejuvenation
Commissioner Ferguson has received numerous awards for her “leadership, courage, service and dedication to the community.” She received the Sister of the Year Award for 1995 from the Concerned African Women, Inc.; the 1994 In the Company of Women Award; the 1993 Distinguished Educator Award from the Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and the Outstanding Citizen Award from Dade County Links, Inc. In 1987 and 1992, Commissioner Ferguson received the Woman of the Year Award from the King of Clubs of Greater Miami. Other honors include the 1990 Status of Women Award from the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.; the 1989 Community Achievement Award from Concerned Citizens of Kendall; the 1988 Freedom Fighters Award from the NAACP; the1988 Master Teacher Award from Miami-Dade Community College; the 1987 Whitney Young, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Urban League of Greater Miami; the 1986 Community Leadership Award from the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce; the 1985 Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas; and Citizen of the Year Awards from many organizations.
Commissioner Ferguson was appointed to the South Florida Regional Planning Council in January 2001.