Union-Backed Mayor Loses In Recall Election

By Eric Scheiner | March 16, 2011 | 3:13 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Despite the efforts of county employee unions, Republican Mayor Carlos Alvarez of Miami-Dade County was ousted from office.

Voters angry over a property tax rate increase and salary raise for county employees voted to recall the mayor on Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press with 100 percent of precinct votes counted, 88 percent voted to oust the mayor. The recall happened despite efforts of county union members to keep the mayor in office.

Some local media questioned the campaign efforts of the county union workers. Investigative Reporter Jim Defede with CBS-4 Miami concluded a report on the issue by saying, “Here’s the bottom line: mechanics and bus drivers who should be fixing and driving buses are instead being paid by the county to campaign on behalf of the mayor and a county commissioner.”

Mayor Alvarez maintained throughout the recall effort that raising taxes was necessary to fill a $444 million gap and avoid cuts to critical social services.

The county commission will most likely schedule a special election to fill the remainder of his term.



Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
Eric is the Senior Video Producer for CNSNews.com