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Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez to push commission on term limits, more charter reforms

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is geared up Tuesday to throw his weight behind eight-year term limits for county commissioners as he pushes an agenda of economic development and government reform in his first state-of-the-county address.

Gimenez will urge commissioners to place a term limit question on the November ballot or alternately support a citizens’ petition drive to get the issue before voters.

Other key reforms Gimenez said he will push for are making the county inspector general and the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust more independent — especially regarding their budgets — to protect them from meddling.

The 10 a.m. Tuesday event at County Hall — typically an affair flush with pomp and circumstance and drawing hundreds of community leaders to the Commission chambers — will provide Gimenez with a powerful platform to tout his accomplishments and to lay out his vision going forward.

Gimenez appears to have enjoyed his frenetic eight months as mayor since his special election last June to fill the vacancy created by the historic recall of Carlos Alvarez. He faces another election in August, vying with Commission Chairman Joe Martinez and a slew of others. More from Martha Brannigan here.