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Miami-Dade commissioner resigns to run for mayor

It's official: Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos Gimenez has resigned from office to run for county mayor. (Read his resignation letter here.)

What Gimenez would do appeared to be up in the air until early Tuesday afternoon. Qualifying for the special Miami-Dade election ends at 5 p.m.

A slew of candidates have already qualified for the post, including Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, who also had to give up his seat; former state Rep. Marcelo Llorente; former Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Cancio; former Miami-Dade Transit Chief Roosevelt Bradley and former rapper Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell.

The Hialeah mayor's post will be temporarily filled by the head of the city commission until an election this fall.

Gimenez's resignation will trigger a county commission meeting Wednesday to set a special election to replace him, also on May 24. Two candidates have already opened fundraising accounts for that campaign: former Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez and former state Rep. Julio Robaina (no relation to the Hialeah mayor).