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Miami-Dade mayor names election advisory group

Two weeks after Election Day, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Tuesday night the 13 members of his election advisory group.

Gimenez convened the group after the election was marked by long voting lines, both during early voting and on Election Day. The group will begin meeting at 9 a.m. next Wednesday.

The group's members include attorneys Kendall Coffey and Robert Fernandez, who represented Gimenez and newly elected Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera in recent elections challenges. Also on the committee: the Rev. Victor Curry; Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert; former County Attorney Murray Greenberg; C.J. Ortuño, executive director of SAVE Dade, a gay rights advocacy group; Gepsie Metellus, executive director of Sant La, a Little Haiti-based social services agency; Alice Ancona of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and Lovette McGill, an activist who has been involved with African-American trade unionists.

The mayor had already named four commissioners -- Lynda Bell, Sally Heyman, Dennis Moss and Rebeca Sosa -- to the group.

"I'm excited to get to work, and our objective is clear: now is the time to for us to take stock of what we did right, what needs to improve, take appropriate action and move forward to make our elections process the best in the nation," Gimenez said in a statement announcing the group's membership. "I want to incorporate the latest technology to make voting fast and easy in our community."


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miami should be ashamed of its stupidity

Mayor needs to be fired for election debacles. Inexcuseable. Two weeks after the election haha what a joke


Not a single critic of the county government or the elections supervisor in the bunch.

This bogus advisory group will ignore all the evidence and conclude that the incompetent parties, Hudak and Townsley, should not be fired. They will claim that all the blame rests with the state. Mark my words.


Why not add someone from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government????????????????


Not to worry, they'll claim it's the Feds fault (just like Nikki Haley in S Carolina) because the Feds didn't REQUIRE them to run a competent election.


Lopez Cantera? CJ Otonuz ? Really?
There will be no reform...just the same old BS from the same old BS Scumbags.
The joke is still on us.


The Strong Mayor has every right to convene a group of current and former county functionaries and recipients of county funds (Sant La, the Chamber of Commerce) to provide him with advice on what went wrong with an election his administration conducted. Getting input from people you like and trust is always a good thing.

A more objective report and evaluation should be developed by a Grand Jury. The State Attorney should not sit on the sidelines on this one. It is way too important. I personally witnessed voters leaving the lines because they were unable to devote the excessive time required to fulfill their duties as citizens.


The Curley Effect is alive and well in Miami-Dade County.

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