Joe Martinez’s run to retake his District 11 seat was supposed to be a bitterly competitive County Commission race. Then the incumbent withdrew. It is one of three races for a commission seat on the Aug. 30 ballot.
After weeks of campaigning and canvassing neighborhoods, the Aug. 30 general election in Miami Gardens is set. Voters will decide on a mayor and three council members and also consider a city charter change.
Donald Trump’s candidacy may deserve credit for a big increase in the number of new registered voters in Florida this year who have chosen the Republican Party. There are still more Democrats, but the gap is closing.
Running what he said will be his final campaign, Carlos Gimenez casts the 2016 mayoral election as a referendum on his five-year tenure as the county’s top administrator. His campaign materials emphasize the 12 percent cut in property-tax rates he secured in 2011, undoing a hike that helped drive his predecessor, Carlos Alvarez, out of office in a recall that year.