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People

(January's)

Person of the Month

Mayor Hazelle P. Rogers is, without a doubt, a woman of distinction.

Described as the Iron Lady of Caribbean politics in the Florida community, Mayor Rogers, a Jamaican national, is the first person from the English-speaking Caribbean American Diaspora elected to office in the Southern USA, launching her political career as a public servant in Lauderdale Lakes in 1996.

  • Mayor Rogers has recently been awarded the distinguished National Honor, the Order of Distinction rank of commander class, from Jamaica.

  • Mayor Rogers was the recipient of the 2017 Broward County AFL-CIO Lifelong Public Service Award.

  • She first served as a Democratic Deputy Whip from 2010-2012, and again for 2012-2016.

  • "The Iron Lady" is a nickname of Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013), the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom.

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Mayor Rogers was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008, making her the first Jamaican and second person from the English-speaking Caribbean to be elected to the House in Florida's capital city of Tallahassee. She first served as a Democratic Deputy Whip from 2010-2012, and again for 2012-2016. Representative Rogers served as the Democratic Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee from 2012-2016. She has also been a strong advocate for the City of Lauderhill Safe Neighborhood, the City of North Lauderdale Law Enforcement Assessment legislation, and the Seaport Training Grant in the Foreign Trade Zone, a joint public and private sector pilot project with the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Broward College. In November 2016, the voters in Lauderdale Lakes elected her with a 66 percent vote to the office of Mayor. She's hard-working, passionate, tenacious, goal-oriented, and believes in putting her community first.

Mayor Rogers was the recipient of the 2017 Broward County AFL-CIO Lifelong Public Service Award. She has also received the Minority Business Development Agency Community Service Award, National Council of Negro Women's Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Award, Unity and Legends "Power of the Woman" Honors, National League of Cities NBC-LEO Recognition for Commitment 2019, and the AFJ Lignum Vitae Vanguard Award. The Cricket Council USA & US Open Cricket has also recognized the Mayor for her outstanding service. 

 Despite her busy schedule, she manages to find time to meet and greet her constituency at local events. She has successfully hosted Unifest, the oldest multicultural festival in South Florida, for over a quarter-century. She coordinates Emancipation Day events – CARICOM Consul Generals, Elected Officials, and other community partners. Mayor Hazelle Rogers loves dancing and community service and is committed to supporting young people through a Family and Friend Scholarship established in her honor at Florida Memorial University.

She is a Real Estate Industry Professional and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix. She has been married to Clifton Rogers since 1974, and she credits family as her anchor. I was fortunate to work with her on Commissioner Denise D. Grant's campaign. I know Lauderdale Lakes citizens will agree with me when I say how much I admire, respect, and appreciate her. She is Jamaica's, Margaret Thatcher. In speaking with Mayor Rogers, I have discovered that one of her goals is to continue to focus on COVID-19 and to minimize the personal and economic impact on our city and county.

Mayor Rogers has recently been awarded the distinguished National Honor, the Order of Distinction rank of commander class, from Jamaica. Sept. 29, 2020, was declared Mayor Hazelle Rogers Day in Lauderdale Lakes, honoring her achievements and her award from the Jamaican Government. She is experienced and very professional while managing to remain warm and caring. We salute Mayor Hazel Rogers, and we thank her for being the consummate professional and a great humanitarian.


Written by: Janet Young


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