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Miami city commissioner running for county commission


The list of established politicians taking advantage of looming term-limit exits on the Miami-Dade County Commission keeps growing.

Miami City Commissioner Keon Hardemon has confirmed he plans to run for the Miami-area seat being vacated in 2020 by Commission Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson. 

"I intend to" run,  Hardemon said during a brief interview after Edmonson's swearing-in ceremony Friday at County Hall. Hardemon faces his own term-limit exit from the City Commission in 2021, and would need to give up that post to run for the County Commission. 

In 2012, Miami-Dade voters approved restricting county commissioners to a pair of consecutive four-year terms before they could run for the 13-seat commission again. The referendum didn't apply to past time on the commission, so incumbents reelected in 2012 (including Edmonson) wouldn't be affected until 2020. Miami-Dade holds regular commission elections every two years, alternating between the odd-numbered and even-numbered districts. Edmonson holds the District 3 seat. 

Also running in 2020: Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, to replace outgoing District 1 commissioner Barbara Jordan; former school board member Raquel Regalado, to replace outgoing District 7 commissioner Xavier Suarez, and former state senator Rene Garcia, to replace outgoing District 13 commissioner Esteban "Steve" Bovo.