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Candidates qualify for Miami commission races

The field is officially set for the Nov. 1 Miami City Commission election, after qualifying ended on Saturday.

Three commission seats are technically up for grabs: District 1, which includes Allapattah, Wynwood and parts of Little Havana and Overtown; District 2, which spans Coconut Grove, Brickell, Downtown and the Upper Eastside; and District 4, which stretches from Coral Way to Flagami. But Commissioner Francis Suarez, up for reelection for the first time in District 4, did not draw any challengers.

In District 1, Commissioner Wifredo "Willy" Gort will face Shawn Selleck, a 37-year-old community development consultant.

The most heated race will be for District 2, where four challengers are lined up against Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. They are: retiree and West Grove activist Williams Armbrister; Kate Callahan and Michelle Niemeyer, both of the Coconut Grove Village Council, and Donna Milo, who has served for years on the city's planning advisory board and last year ran for U.S. Congress.

Incumbents Gort and Sarnoff have far outraised their challengers.

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