(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- “I am deeply disturbed that my name, or that of my office, is being mentioned in the same breath of an absentee ballot investigation. I won re-election without opposition during the qualifying period and I am not a candidate. None of my County employees have been authorized or instructed to work on any of the local campaigns in this election. Furthermore, all County employees are instructed that County time, offices, and equipment are not to be used for personal matters, and that includes campaigning.
“Over the last 14 years, I have served my community and have strived to do so in a dignified and respectful manner. It is for that reason that I voted in favor of tightening the County's absentee voter laws as a means to guarantee that our election processes are beyond reproach. A former employee's actions are not indicative of the mission the residents of District 13 elected me to do.
“The truth and facts will reveal that neither I nor any other member of my staff utilized the Commission office for campaign purposes. Ms. Pedrosa's situation and actions are an isolated event by one individual, and I expect her to cooperate fully with the investigation. I sincerely hope that no laws were violated by her actions.”