Miami-Dade Mayor, Commissioner Ousted In Recall Election

With more than half of precincts reporting results, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas have been ousted from office.

Results from the controversial recall election, including absentee and early votes, show a vast majority of voters, around 88 percent, want to kick the politicians out of office.

Results will be certified Friday, when Alvarez and Seijas must vacate their offices.

Both politicians kept a low profile as results came in.

Turnout was mixed at the polls, with a few clashes between voters with differing opinions on the recall in some parts of the county, such as Hialeah and Miami Lakes, and little activity in other areas.

Alvarez and Seijas were subjects of a recall vote after petition efforts championed by billionaire auto magnate Norman Braman and political action committee Miami Voice. The two drives began after Alvarez pushed through a budget that hiked the county’s tax rate and gave raises to county employees. Seijas voted for the budget.

Both Alvarez and Seijas tried to kill the recall vote in court.

In Miami Lakes and Hialeah — communities that are a part of Seijas’ district — most citizens who talked to The Herald said they voted to recall both Alvarez and Seijas.

Anger over Alvarez’s policies, as well as his support of a publicly funded Marlins Stadium in Little Havana, persisted in other communities as well.

Noel Sanz, of Kendall, said he wants new blood at County Hall.
MiamiHerald