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Miami-Dade state attorney draws election opponent

For the first time in eight years, longtime Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle has an election opponent.

This time it’s Miami criminal defense attorney Roderick Vereen, who on Monday filed to run for the seat of the county’s top prosecutor.

Like Fernández Rundle, Vereen is a Democrat. If no independent or Republican candidates file by Friday’s qualifying deadline, the two would square off for the seat outright during the Aug. 14 primary.

“I want to be a professional prosecutor who will make fighting crime my number one priority,’’ Vereen said Monday night trough a spokesman. “That’s why I’m running. That is what is lacking. I want to be a prosecutor, not a politician.” More from David Ovalle here.

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