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Group urges Miami Beach commissioner running to replace Richard Steinberg to resign early

Miami Beach Commissioner Jonah Wolfson should resign from his post months earlier than necessary in order to run for state House, a civic group of prominent citywide leaders has urged.

Due to Florida’s resign-to-run law, Wolfson must submit a written resignation date by late May in order to run to win the vacant House District 106 seat. But the effective date can be as late as the day he would take state office if victorious, which would be in November.

Miami Beach United, however, have passed a resolution urging Wolfson to resign in time for Miami Beach Commissioners to call for a special election on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot and allow voters to elect his replacement until the city’s 2013 general election.

The resolution announced Wednesday said that deadline is May 25, but city attorney Jose Smith said Wolfson could keep his seat until the city’s July 18 commission meeting and the city would still be able to set an election.

Wolfson, a Democrat, currently has no opposition for the District 106 seat, which was vacated by disgraced former state Rep. Richard Steinberg, who resigned after he admitted to sending a married, female federal prosecutor stalker-like text messages. But Wolfson would likely keep a higher profile and have an easier time fundraising should he keep his city commission seat until November. More from David Smiley here.