For Immediate Release:
April 01, 2011

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Residents voice concerns on Charter reform at Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz’s town hall meeting

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
On March 31, approximately 65 residents came to the Fire Tower in Doral to attend Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz's town hall meeting on reforming the Miami-Dade Charter. The Commissioner invited County residents to share their input on changes they would like to see in County government, and answer questions they had on the special election taking place on May 24th.

Commissioner Diaz's office distributed informational packages for the residents that included the six proposed charter questions for the special election with a summary of what each charter question meant. A representative from the County Attorney's Office also provided additional information on the history of the Charter. 

Attendees expressed their desire for change regarding term limits for commissioners, with a range of preferences from serving no more than eight years to keeping no term limits. Some residents also stated they wanted to keep the strong mayor form of government. Overall, residents attending the event encouraged Commissioner Diaz to have more town hall meetings countywide to get a better consensus of what the voters want.

"Before the May 24th ballot is finalized, the voters of Miami-Dade County need to have their say," said Commissioner Diaz. "It's clear that there are many opinions of what residents want to see in the upcoming special election and until everything is finalized, I will continue to listen to them and ensure that the ballot reflects the will of the people."

Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz answers a resident's question at his town hall meeting in Doral.  
Photo caption: Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz answers a resident's question at his town hall meeting in Doral.

(Photo credit: Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)


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