He had to wait two extra days, but former Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez was declared the winner of a Miami-Dade County Commission race Thursday, after an appeals court ruled in dramatic fashion that the suppressed results from Tuesday’s election should be made public.
Suarez defeated Julio Robaina, a former state lawmaker and South Miami mayor, 53 percent to 47 percent, according to unofficial numbers posted by the county elections department.
“Wow,” a breathless Suarez said Thursday evening. “I’m still a little numb…This was a rollercoaster.”
The Third District Court of Appeal held an emergency hearing Thursday afternoon to decide the case of a would-be candidate who said the county had not set aside enough time for hopefuls to jump in the District 7 race.
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