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Sign unity pledge, Miami-Dade hopeful asks opponents

Last week, ex-Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Cancio e-mailed the other 10 candidates running for county mayor with a proposal: Sign a pledge agreeing to meet and share ideas over the next 18 months.

Cancio, who has said he is only interested in replacing recalled Mayor Carlos Alvarez until the regularly scheduled elections in November 2012, wrote that several of the mayoral hopefuls had discussed the pledge -- "Eleven United for One Miami" -- at candidate forums.

"We are now eleven but soon there will only be one of us left -- as Mayor," Cancio wrote. "However each of us has shown a real love and dedication for our community by aspiring to lead our county."

The key part of his proposed agreement: "We pledge to meet at least 10 times prior to the November, 2012 elections, and agree to submit resolutions, if any, of our monthly meetings with proposals, comments and/or recommendations as a united front to whomever one of us is elected the new Miami-Dade County Mayor. Each meeting will be chaired by a different member of the group, excluding the elected-Mayor who is not expected to attend."

No word yet on how the other candidates feel about the idea -- or on how many of the hopefuls intend to run for mayor next year even if they lose this year.

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UPDATE: All 11 candidates signed this pledge.

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