IN PICTURES: COMMISSIONER COLDIRON KICKS OFF REELECTION CAMPAIGN

Owen Trepanier, Michael Halpern, Michelle Coldiron and Cathy Crane gather at an informal campaign event for Coldiron. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

Key West attorney and business owner Michael Halpern hosted an informal, April 21 campaign gathering for County Commissioner Michelle Coldiron, who represents District 2, at his home on Shark Key.

District 2 includes Boca Chica Key through the 7 Mile Bridge, including the north side of U.S. 1 to 63rd Court in Marathon, according to the county website.

Coldiron, the incumbent Republican, is seeking reelection and is thus far unopposed.

Her official campaign kickoff party takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Boondocks Grille & Drafthouse on Ramrod Key at MM 27.Her campaign website, michelleformonroe.com, should be activated this week, she said.

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.