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Miami-Dade mayoral candidates back reforms

Three of the leading candidates for Miami-Dade County mayor threw their support Monday behind an eight-point reform plan proposed by billionaire businessman Norman Braman, who led the successful recall of former mayor Carlos Alvarez, as the race for a new mayor picked up steam and county commissioners tried to regain their footing after last week’s stunning recall vote.

Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and former state legislator Marcelo Llorente all signed a pledge authored by Braman in which they promised to push for a raft of changes in how county government operates. The proposals include eight-year term limits for commissioners on a board that’s long lacked turnover; a ban on outside employment in exchange for a salary increase; reducing the commission from 13 members to nine, and creating two at-large districts to foster a more regional approach on a dais filled with commissioners often criticized for being too parochial.

Full story from Matthew Haggman and Martha Brannigan here.