The Third District Court of Appeal on Wednesday ended Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones quest to run for a third term, saying despite a lengthy suspension the commissioner still served two full terms under the city’s charter.
The court’s decision ends a four-month battle between Spence-Jones and the Rev. Richard P. Dunn II, who filed a lawsuit in April arguing Miami Attorney Julie Bru erred when she ruled Spence-Jones could seek a third term because she didn’t complete two “full” terms in office.
Spence-Jones missed 21 months of her second term while suspended by the governor as she fought a pair of felony charges brought by the state. She beat one charge in court, and the other was dropped. She represents Miami’s District 5, which runs from Overtown to the south, through Allapattah, Little Haiti and into Liberty City.