When they qualify to run for public office — and every year once they’re elected — Miami-Dade County candidates are required by Florida law to disclose their finances.
They list the value of their assets, including investments and property, and of their liabilities, including mortgages and student loans. The resulting subtraction equals their net worth.
A review of the most recent financial disclosures available of Miami-Dade commissioners and the mayor shows significant disparity.
Commissioner Barbara Jordan, a 71-year-old retired assistant county manager, reported wealth of more than $1.5 million. Commissioner Jean Monestime, a 51-year-old real-estate broker, reported $89,400.