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Former Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez files to run for Miami-Dade County commissioner

The Miami-Dade mayoral recall effort has set off a domino effect of local political posts to be up for grabs -- including the county commission seat being held by Carlos Gimenez, who is now running for mayor.

On Tuesday, former Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez filed paperwork to seek Gimenez's seat.

In case you missed our story last week about Suarez's sure-to-be-exciting run, here it is:

He’s baaack. Maybe.

Xavier Suarez, the colorful and controversial former Miami mayor who was removed from office after a judge found election fraud, said he will launch a campaign for Miami-Dade County Commission in the coming months.

Suarez, 61, told The Miami Herald that he will file for the seat being vacated by county commissioner Carlos Gimenez, who is vying to replace Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Suarez is also the father of Francis Suarez, a Miami commissioner who could eventually sit next to dad on the board of the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The elder Suarez says he was driven to run by what he perceives as mismanagement at the county.

“The ineptitude of what’s going on in county government is unbelievable,” said Suarez, who lost his previous commission bid to Gimenez in 2004. Full story here.

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