Members of the Miami-Dade County Commission hold non-partisan seats. They run in primaries where all candidates compete, and only the top two vote-getters can make it into a run-off.
But sometimes, party affiliation can be instructive.
On Wednesday, the commission voted down a symbolic resolution urging Congress to revive a national ban on some automatic weapons. In the 5 to 6 vote, all four Democrats voted yes (Daniella Levine Cava, Barbara Jordan, Jean Monestime and Dennis Moss) and all six Republicans voted no (Bruno Barreiro, Esteban "Steve" Bovo, Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Rebeca Sosa, Javier Souto and Juan C. Zapata). Xavier Suarez, an independent, voted yes as well, according to the clerk's tally.
But the results may not last. The winning side agreed to let Jordan, the resolution's sponsor, undo the no vote, withdraw her motion and bring back it on another day. The two Democrats that complete the 13-member commission, Audrey Edmonson and Sally Heyman, were absent Wednesday, and their votes would be enough to tilt the count back into the gun ban's favor.
For those keeping score, the commission is officially split in terms of party. Levine Cava, a Democrat, last year ousted an incumbent Republican, Lynda Bell. The left the commission with six Democrats and six Republicans, with Suarez the lone independent.
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