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Power Shift In Miami-Dade Politics: New Mayor, New Commissioners, New Agenda

The Miami Herald
Newly elected Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava speaks during her swearing-in ceremony inside the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

Term limits knocked a decade off the average age of a Miami-Dade commissioner on Tuesday as five new board members promised a fresh approach to local government hours before the county inaugurated its first female mayor, Daniella Levine Cava.

“Madame Mayor, Madame Mayor, Madame Mayor,” said Kionne McGhee, 43, the new District 9 commissioner in South Miami-Dade and the outgoing Democratic leader in the Florida House. “With your permission, later on my daughters would like to take a photo with you, because this is a moment where glass ceilings have been shattered.”

The coronavirus pandemic stretched the swearing-in ceremonies into a full day’s activities, with commissioners taking oaths individually in chambers restricted to their guests and then sterilized before the next ceremony began.

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