All-In Recall: 5 More Commissioners Might Get the Boot

Some Miami-Dade voters want to start all over again

By Todd Wright
|  Thursday, Oct 7, 2010  |  Updated 4:31 PM EDT
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Norman Braman Discusses Miami-Dade Mayor Recall Drive

Billionaie auto dealer Norman Braman discusses why he's trying to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

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A local billionaire wants Carlos Alvarez out of office and he has the cash to back up his effort.
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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez wasn't the only official to vote to increase property taxes.

And he might not be the only one to face a recall.

A group called Miami Voice is joining the recall party and following Norman Braman's lead to oust some of the commissioners who sided with Alvarez to approve a $7.3 billion budget.

The targets on the separate petitions are District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, District 3's Audrey M. Edmonson, Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro in District 5, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss in  District 9, and Natacha Seijas in District 13.

The commission voted 8-5 to raise property tax bills, but Commissioner Katy Sorenson is retiring, Sally Heyman just won re-election and Dorrin Rolle is in a run-off.

Miami Voice turned the petitions in to the County Clerk, but have not heard if they have been approved yet.

Braman's petition to recall Alvarez was approved Wednesday and needs 50,000 signatures in the next 60 days to get on a ballot. The Miami Voice is hoping to piggy back off Braman's momentum, but is not affiliated.

"Residents have given commissioners countless opportunities to reverse the effects of their decisions, but they have continued to put their interests over ours. Now, we have to pay the price - this is unacceptable," said Miriam Planas, who helped start the political action committee.

When commissioners approved the budget, they also increased the salary of county employees while hiking property taxes by almost 14 percent in some cases. Alvarez has not shied away from the controversy, attacking both Braman and the media, saying the raises were already built in to current contracts.

The other commissioners have been relatively silent and allowed the mayor to take the brunt of the fire.

The Miami Voice will need 20,000 signatures from registered voters to put the five commissioners before the voter firing squad in a special election.

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