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Aventura election: Voters say yes to letting term-limited commissioners run for mayor

Aventura City Hall. Aventura residents voted Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, to allow a commissioner who has already served for two terms to run for mayor.
Aventura City Hall. Aventura residents voted Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, to allow a commissioner who has already served for two terms to run for mayor. rkoltun@miamiherald.com

By a margin of more than two-to-one, residents of Aventura voted Tuesday to allow a commissioner who has already served for two terms to run for mayor.

With all precincts reporting, unofficial results showed, 70 percent of voters had said yes to the change. The ballot measure amends the city charter, which previously limited an elected member of the city government to two four-year terms, regardless of position. A termed-out commissioner could have run for mayor, but only after taking a four-year break.

The ballot measure is “just sort of correcting a glitch in the Aventura charter,” said Commissioner Howard Weinberg.

The effects of Tuesday’s vote won’t be felt until 2022, when current commissioners will be able to run for the mayor’s seat. The previous wording would have prevented all of the current commissioners from running for mayor.

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