The Miami-Dade mayor's race has lost a contender.
Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, who declared his candidacy on Jan. 31, 2011, posted a statement on his Facebook page Monday telling supporters that he has decided not to run in the August election.
"After more than ten years of public service and with a growing family, the time has come to make sure that I can spend quality time with my children and wife," Bermudez said in the statement.
Bermudez's exit leaves Mayor Carlos Gimenez running against County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez and 11 lesser-known candidates. Martinez officially declared his candidacy last week.
Bermudez had raised nearly $50,000 for his individual campaign account in the last year. While more than any of the other challengers, it was still a far cry from Gimenez, who has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars for his re-election campaign.
Read Bermudez's full statement after the jump.
I hope you and your loved ones are having a wonderful start to the New Year and I wish you the best in 2012. I would like to thank you for your support over the years. Your friendship, personal and campaign support have made it possible for me to have the honor and privilege to serve during the last eight and a half years as the first ever Mayor of the City of Doral.
As you know, in the second quarter of 2011 I declared my candidacy for Miami-Dade County Mayor for the election scheduled to take place this August of 2012. Many of you have called and written with support and some of you have contributed to the campaign. I thank you very much for having the confidence in my public service to support me publicly.
After much consideration and consulting with my wife and family I have come to the decision that I will not be running for the County Mayor’s position this year. After more than ten years of public service and with a growing family, the time has come to make sure that I can spend quality time with my children and wife. Although my campaign for County Mayor has come to an end, my campaign to reform County government will continue both through the remainder of my term as Mayor of Doral and as a private citizen subsequent to the end of my term as Mayor of Doral this November.
In addition, I will work to make sure that Doral continues to be the most transparent local government in our state and will be working this final year to preserve and solidify all of the gains that have made us one of the great cities in the United States despite being such a young municipality. I will continue to work to protect the legacy of character, integrity, decency and good public policy which we have established and which we should seek from all of our future elected officials in Doral.
Once again, on behalf of my wife Vivian, my daughters Eneida, Elena and Elisa and all of my extended family thank you for your support in the past, present and, hopefully, in the future. It has been an honor to have your friendship and support.
May God bless you and your family and may this year bring many blessings to you.
Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez