(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss welcomed approximately 40 guests throughout the South Miami-Dade community to his monthly Roundtable meeting held at the South Dade Government Center located at 10710 SW 211th Street in Cutler Bay. The Roundtable guests consisted of leaders from organizations such as West Perrine Community Development Corporation, Goulds Coalition of Ministers and Lay People, Community Health of South Florida (CHI), Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club, Greater-Goulds Optimist Club, Miami-Dade Police Department, La Prensa Del Sur Newspaper, Miami Dade College-Homestead, Miami Southridge Civil Air Patrol, Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, UCOMB, Naranja Neighborhood Center, Richmond Heights Community Development Corporation, Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Center, Goulds Community Action Agency and several local residents.
Special Roundtable guest speakers, Tom Logue, Assistant Miami-Dade County Attorney, and Gary Hartfield, Deputy Supervisor of Miami-Dade Elections, were invited to discuss the upcoming special election process and the proposed Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter amendments.
Mr. Gary Hartfield, Deputy Supervisor of Miami-Dade Elections, shared briefly about the upcoming mayoral election and ensured the guests that the process was indeed underway. He began his presentation by distributing sample ballots to each guest and informing them of detail regarding the impending election. He stated that early voting would take place May 9th to May 22nd, 2011 in preparation for election day, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Mr. Hartfield entertained questions towards the end of his presentation.
Mr. Tom Logue, Assistant Miami-Dade County Attorney, addressed the Miami-Dade Charter. He explained that the Charter is the constitution of County Government and the law that controls the law makers. He went on to identify and discuss the six (6) proposed Miami-Dade Home Rule Charter amendments that will be on the May 24, 2011 election ballot. The Charter amendments include:
- Home Rule Charter Amendment Relating to Salaries, Service, and Term Limits of County Commissioners
- Home Rule Charter Amendment Prohibiting Lobbying by Elected County Charter Officer After Leaving Office
- Home Rule Charter Amendment Relating to Creation, Appointment and Power of Charter Review Task Force
- Home Rule Charter Amendment Establishing Independent Inspector General
- Charter Amendment Pertaining to Powers of County Commission, County Mayor and County Manager
- Home Rule Charter Amendment Regarding Petitions
Commissioner Moss thanked his guests and encouraged all to remember to vote on or before May 24, 2011.