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Decision day for Miami-Dade hopefuls

Will he or won't he?

All eyes in Miami-Dade on Tuesday are on Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and whether he will qualify by the 5 p.m. deadline to run for county mayor.

Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, former state Rep. Marcelo Llorente and former Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Cancio have said unequivocally that they are in, the best-known candidates along with Gimenez in a crowded field to replace recalled Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

Two rumored candidates are out: former Mayor Alex Penelas and former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez, who announced Monday night that he will be seeking his old city post later this year.

So the only real question mark is Gimenez, who would have to resign his commission seat to jump in the race. Also on our radar: if any major candidate will challenge former state Rep. Esteban Bovo for former Commissioner Natacha Seijas' position. Two newcomers, Carlos Amaro and Tania Castellanos, have submitted paperwork for the race thus far.

Everyone else has until the end of the business day to make up their minds. The clock is ticking.

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