The dominoes are falling quickly in the aftermath of last week's recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas.
Under the assumption that Republican state Rep. Esteban Bovo of Hialeah will jump in the race to replace Seijas, not one but two hopefuls declared their candidacies Monday for Bovo's seat. We already have two posts up, here and here, on one candidate, Rafael Perez.
We just heard from the second, Jose Oliva, who said he filed Monday for the race. (We have not been able to reach a third candidate, Francisco J. Lago, for comment.)
Oliva, a cigar business owner, had submitted paperwork to seek state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera Miami-based seat next year. But Oliva lives and works in Hialeah, in Bovo's district.
"My business is in the district, I met my wife here, we got married here, we live here...My intent has always been 110," Oliva said of Bovo's district. He previously put in the paperwork for a different district, he said, "so that I could begin to establish myself."
A former Hialeah Housing Authority Commissioner, Oliva briefly ran in 2005 for the city commission seat being vacated by Julio Robaina, now the Hialeah mayor seeking Alvarez's former county post. But Oliva dropped out of the race before the election, citing personal reasons.