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County commissioners: Hold election for next Miami-Dade mayor

Miami-Dade County commissioners are poised to set a special election for voters to pick a successor to ousted Mayor Carlos Alvarez, rather than appoint a mayor themselves. But when they will meet to set the date remains undecided.

As the county canvassing board meets Friday to certify the staggering 88-percent vote to recall Alvarez, a majority of county commissioners, 9 of 12, have told The Miami Herald they will vote to set a special election to fill the office, rather than using their power to appoint a successor.

The consensus comes against a backdrop of intense voter anger that makes the option of a mayoral appointment politically toxic.

In recent days, a rising chorus of voices — including billionaire businessman Norman Braman, who spearheaded the movement to recall Alvarez after he pushed a budget that raised the property-tax rate — is urging the commission to quickly meet to set a special election for mayor. Voters in District 13, which covers Hialeah and Miami Lakes, would also have to pick a county commissioner following the overwhelming recall Tuesday of veteran Commissioner Natacha Seijas.

Full story from Martha Brannigan and Matthew Haggman here.