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TCI celebrates, new Opa Locka city commissioner hails from the islands

#OpaLocka, Florida – November 7, 2018 – A daughter of the Turks and Caicos is among the newest politicians elected to serve after an historic Super Tuesday in nearby United States.  Sherelean Bass, born Sherelean Musgrove grew up in South Caicos, her father is from North Caicos and her mother hails from Middle Caicos.

‘Sherelee’, as she is affectionately called by relatives is a part of the team already dubbed the ‘clean-up crew’ which overthrew the old guard in Opa Locka, Florida to form a fresh executive expected to eradicate corruption and serve the people of the city with good integrity.  

In a Miami Herald news article on October 11, 2018, the gospel minister is quoted making bold statements and caring promises to the 16,500 residents of Opa Locka.  These residents will now call our Sherelee, City Commissioner Sherelean Bass.

It is a ‘wow’ moment and Turks and Caicos Islanders have been busy on social media since last night, congratulating Bass.

Bass was born in The Bahamas and relatives, we are told rallied around her ‘voice of Opa Locka’ campaign in a way, which has her first cousin, North Caicos District Commissioner, Cynclair Musgrove brimming with joy.

“The whole family was with her every step of the way.  Knocking on doors, putting up banners and signs and it was truly a family effort and it was impressive.  Right until the end, when results came in, they were there.”

Brother Isaiah Musgrove selfie with banner

Brothers and Sisters and other relatives, we are told, flew in from The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos to support Sherelean in her bid for city commissioner.

Sherelean Bass now takes up a position once held by the new Mayor of Opa-Locka.  Matthew Pigatt, at just 32-years old left the city commissioner job to run for mayor and won, convincingly.

Myra Taylor, Pigatt’s predecessor was unable to re-offer in the 2018 race for mayor due to term limits – she has served two, four year terms in Opa Locka.

Taylor’s son, John Henry Taylor Jr. was also in the running on Election Day for the city commissioner job.  John Henry Taylor Jr,  was an ethically marred but strong candidate in the race.  At the end of the night, when the votes were tallied, it would be our Sherelean Bass who was declared winner by just under 300 votes.

Sherelean Bass in that interview with the Miami Herald had said, change in Opa Locka was desperately needed and that it would take a miracle. 

Some would say that is precisely what was delivered for the 50-year old minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; a miracle of a victory as a set up for miracle of restoration so badly needed for the South Florida city of Opa Locka.

From family in the Turks and Caicos, prayers and best wishes are expected to give ‘Sherelee’ a successful season in office.  Congratulations!


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