Esteban Bovo won an overwhelming victory to the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday night, while the candidates in a second commission race will have to wait at least another week to find out who will join him on the dais.
Bovo, who left the state Legislature less than two months ago to run for the office, steamrolled his opponents. Unofficial results show Bovo won nearly 74 percent of the ballots case in the District 13 race to replace former Commissioner Natacha Seijas, who was ousted in a March recall with former Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
A former Hialeah city councilman well-known in the district, Bovo faced only token opposition from three political novices. Yet Bovo still ran a robust campaign, with television and radio advertisements funded by his deep campaign pockets.
Tuesday night, Bovo’s supporters gathered at historic Hialeah Park. They dined on olives, croquetas and arroz imperial and listened to salsa music as they waited for Bovo to take the stage at the center of the park, just steps from the horse-racing track and flanked by three U.S. flags.
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