Supporting and fundraising for candidates.In the Home Rule Charter is says "the Mayor shall be responsible for the management of all administrative departments of the County Government" and "the Mayor shall have the power to appoint all department directors of the administrative department of the County"
If Gimenez's job is supervising the Elections Department I would like to see him remain neutral on ALL elections, especially municipal elections. I wouldn't want Penny Townsley, head of elections, running around supporting candidates and -- worse -- fundraising for them, so why would I want her boss doing it? Why is it okay for him and not for her? Gimenez is supporting Frances Suarez (not the incumbent) for the City of Miami, Mark Bell (not the incumbent) for Homestead and Lynda Bell for County Commissioner (he held a fundraiser for her in May - over a year out from the election).
Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi was spot on in the article on what is troubling Gimenez (I saw the same thing happen with Alex Penelas):
Pizzi suggested mayors quickly become County Hall insiders. “When you go to the 29th floor, you become surrounded by bureaucrats,” he said. “You start to lose touch with your principles.”