Elizabeth Taylor-Martinez is originally from North Carolina, the only child of Kenneth Leatherman and Ora Elizabeth (Hoyle), who moved to the Miami Springs-Virginia Gardens area in 1968 with my mother. I attended Miami Springs Junior High School and graduated from Miami Springs Senior High School in 1972. I have been a resident of the Village of Virginia Gardens since 1978. I am married to Hector Martinez, a Physical Education Teacher, who retired from the United States Naval Reserves after 22½ years, as First Class Petty Officer. I am also retired from counseling and teaching.
I began public service to the Village of Virginia Gardens with the Beautification Committee in 1989, and later served as Chairperson for several terms. The mission of the Beautification Committee has always been to keep our streets tree lined and maintain our tree canopy. I resigned from the Beautification Committee to run for Council Member, to which I was elected. In addition, I have also served as Council President for two terms.
As a Council Member, I have worked on the Safe Pools Ordinance; a grant for the Senior Citizens Program; increase in Voter Registration; registration program for residents with special needs with our Police Department; adequate drainage for the Village; annexation; Safe Parks Grant; and basically any other item or items that have come before the Village Council.
In all, I have proudly served the residents of the Village of Virginia Gardens since 1989, a place we all call home…