City Commission District 2 - Upcoming Vacancy (2023)

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Appointees for the City Commission shall have resided within the district at least one (1) year before qualifying and be electors in that district, and shall maintain residence in that district for the duration of their term of office. 

 

1. UPCOMING VACANCY FOR DISTRICT 2 CITY COMMISSIONER

Upcoming Vacancy for District 2 City Commissioner

  • A vacancy for the District 2 seat will occur on January 3, 2023
  • The current term for the District 2 seat runs from November 2019 to November 2023

District 2 City Commissioner Ken Russell submitted an irrevocable letter of resignation associated with his candidacy for U.S. Congress. The letter indicated that the resignation is effective no later than the earlier of:

  1. The date the officer would take office, if elected; or
  2. The date the officer’s successor is required to take office

Pursuant to the United States Code 2USC7, "the Tuesday next after the 1st Monday in November, in every even numbered year, is established as the day for the election, in each of the States and Territories of the United States, of Representatives and Delegates to the Congress commencing on the 3rd day of January next thereafter."

2. NOTICE OF UPCOMING VACANCY FOR DISTRICT 2 CITY COMMISSIONER

CITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA
NOTICE OF UPCOMING VACANCY FOR
DISTRICT 2 CITY COMMISSIONER

Notice of Upcoming Vacancy for District 2 City Commissioner (English) (PDF, 180KB) 
Spanish(PDF, 167KB)

The City of Miami is accepting applications for a potential appointment to fill an upcoming vacancy for the District 2 City Commission seat following the resignation of Commissioner Ken Russell, which resignation is effective January 3, 2023.

At the September 13, 2022 City Commission meeting, the City Commission directed the City Clerk to issue a Notice of Upcoming Vacancy for District 2 City Commissioner to provide an opportunity for all interested applicants to submit résumés and qualifying documents for consideration by the City Commission for a potential appointment.

The City Commission may fill the vacancy for the District 2 City Commission seat or call for a special election if a consensus is not reached for an appointment.

If an individual is appointed or elected to the District 2 City Commission seat to fill the vacancy, the individual will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term, which will end in November 2023.

In accordance with City Charter Section 4(c), applicants for “…city commission shall have resided within the district at least one year before qualifying and be electors in that district, and shall maintain residence in that district for the duration of their term of office.” In this case, each applicant must be an elector in District 2, and have resided within District 2 for at least one year prior to the date of qualifying.

In order to be considered for appointment, applicants must submit the following qualifying documents in person at the Office of the City Clerk located at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133:

The following documents are optional and not required for appointment: 

It is respectfully requested,  that all prospective appointees call 305-250-5361 (TTY users may call via the Florida Relay Service by dialing 711), in advance, in order to set up an appointment with the Office of the Clerk to submit qualifying documents. The Office of the City Clerk is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit http://miamigov.com/cityclerk or contact the City of Miami Office of the City Clerk at City-Campaigns@miamigov.com or 305-250-5361.

                                                                                                              Todd B. Hannon
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3. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR QUALIFYING

Required Documents for Qualifying

Applicant qualifying for the upcoming vacancy for District 2 City Commissioner will be held at the Office of the City Clerk, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida. The Office of the City Clerk is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no deadline to qualify; however, all applicants may qualify with the Office of the City Clerk prior to the potential appointment vacancy for the District 2 City Commission seat following the resignation of Commissioner Ken Russell, which resignation is effective January 3, 2023.

Potential appointees for the city commission shall have resided within the district at least one (1) year before qualifying and be electors in that district, and shall maintain residence in that district for the duration of their term of office.  

To be considered for appointment, applicants must submit the following qualifying documents in person at the Office of the City Clerk located at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133:

The following documents are optional and not required for appointment: 

Forms for potential appointment to the District 2 City Commission seat are also available at the Office of the City Clerk located at 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133.

It is respectfully requested, that all prospective appointees call 305-250-5361 (TTY users may call via the Florida Relay Service by dialing 711), in advance, in order to set up an appointment with the Office of the Clerk to submit qualifying documents. The Office of the City Clerk is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361, by email at City-Campaigns@miamigov.com, or visit City Clerk’s website at: https://www.miamigov.com/cityclerk 

NOTE: Bring completed fillable forms, government issued photo ID, voter information card, and supporting residency documents to your qualifying appointment.

4. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK

Schedule an Appointment to Qualify

It is respectfully requested, that all prospective appointee(s) call, in advance, in order to set up an appointment with the Office of the City Clerk to submit qualifying documents. Appointments can be made by:
  • Calling the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 or (305) 250-5369 (TTY users may call via the Florida Relay Service by dialing 711)
  • Emailing the Office of the City Clerk at City-Campaigns@miamigov.com


WHERE TO QUALIFY:   
Miami City Hall - Office of the City Clerk
                                          3500 Pan American Drive         
                                          Miami, FL 33133 

OFFICE HOURS:          Monday through Friday
                                        8:00 AM to 5:00 PM    

Forms for potential appointment to the District 2 City Commission seat are available at the Office of the City Clerk, or on the City Clerk’s website at: https://www.miamigov.com/cityclerk

6. CHARTER INFORMATION FOR FILLING VACANCIES

 Filling Vacancies Information

Pursuant to City Charter Section 12
a) A vacancy on the city commission or in the office of mayor caused by death, resignation, forfeiture, suspension, removal, or other action or causes shall be filled within ten days after such vacancy occurs by a majority of the remaining city commissioners. The person appointed must meet the qualifications of the office as required in section 4 of this Charter. The term of office of the person so appointed, except in the circumstances detailed in section (c) below, shall be until the successor in office is elected and qualified at whichever of the following occurs first:

  1. the odd-year general municipal election for mayor and city commissioners held pursuant to section 4 of the Charter, or
  2. the even-year State of Florida general election, at which election national, state and county offices are filled,

The candidates for such election shall be qualified as provided in section 4 of this Charter and the qualifying period and requirements for such election shall be as provided in section 7 of this Charter. The person elected as provided in (a)(1) or (a)(2) of this Section shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term of that office.

b) If the remaining city commissioners shall fail or refuse to fill such vacancy within ten days after it occurs, as provided herein, the city commission shall call a special election to fill the vacancy to be held at a date not less than thirty-eight or more than forty-five days after the expiration of the ten-day period and the five day qualifying period. The qualifying period for such special election shall be for the five days not including Saturday, Sunday or legal holidays before the thirty-eighth day before the date of the election and the procedure for the election not otherwise provided for in this section shall be as provided in section 7 of this Charter. Except in the circumstances detailed in section (c), effective November 7, 2017, the person who receives the greatest number of votes for the office in said special election is elected to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term of that office.

c) If a vacancy in any elected office is caused by forfeiture, suspension, or removal, the vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as described in sections (a) and (b) above, provided that if the elected official who has so vacated his or her seat is later absolved of the allegations of wrong-doing, that elected official shall be entitled to resume his or her elected position for the remainder of the unexpired term, if any. The term of the individual who assumed the position previously vacated by that elected official shall automatically terminate upon the restoration to office of the original seat-holder.

d) If the city commissioners shall fail to comply with their duties as set forth in this section, then, and in that event, the court is hereby empowered and authorized to enforce compliance with this act or to call an election itself to fill such vacancy or vacancies on the city commission or in the office of mayor.

7. LIST OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS FOR UPCOMING VACANCY IN DISTRICT 2 COMMISIONER

LIST OF QUALIFIED APPLICANTS FOR UPCOMING VACANCY FOR DISTRICT 2 CITY COMMISSIONER

As applicants submit their qualifying documents for the potential appointment to fill the District 2 upcoming vacancy, the list of applicants will be updated on a continuous basis. Please contact the Office of the City Clerk for the most current list.

 

  • Michael Castro

  • Sabina Covo

  • Marcelo O. Fernandes 

  • Michael J. Goggins

  • Javier Gonzalez

  • Lior Halabi

  • Kathy Jane Parks Suarez

  • June Ellen Savage

  • James Torres