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Miami mayoral challenger draws big-name support

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Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, who is vying to unseat mayor Tomás Regalado in the upcoming November election, now has the support of three of his four colleagues, in addition to that of the county mayor.

Commissioners Marc Sarnoff, Michelle Spence-Jones and Wifredo “Willy” Gort, as well as Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, will host a fundraising party for Suarez next week.

Their support for Suarez over an incumbent mayor speaks to the wide disapproval among many local leaders of Regalado’s tenure. Regalado won his 2009 race with more than 70 percent of the vote.

“These are significant leaders in the community who are excited about the possibility of having a mayor like me who has a clear vision about the future of this city,” said Suarez, who was reelected without opposition in 2011 after winning Regalado’s old seat in a special election two years earlier.

Regalado said he knows he’s made choices that haven’t sat well with the commission. As an example, he pointed to his decision last week to veto a plan favored by Sarnoff, Spence-Jones and Gort to allow some high-ranking retired municipal employees to return to the city’s payroll while collecting their pensions.

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Sad

Mayor Gimenez is way out of line on this one. He oversees the elections department and should not take part in any other elections within miami dade county. Complete conflict of interest. He has really turned out to be a huge disappointment!

Excited

I'll start by saying this. Tomas Regalado is a good man and a good public servant. That said, it is time for a change. Francis Suarez provides the leadership and vision that the city of Miami needs.

whasup

Letting the overpaid local government mandarins work a sweet deal to collect high salaries while receiving their pensions will do Regalado in ... and well it should.

Loco Jr.

Francis is just as creepy as Ragalado.. Francis' real problem is that he is bat sh#t crazy just like his father. That craziness is genetic and not to be trusted. It will only be a matter of time before he shows up at one of his constituents homes In his bathrobe at 3 o'clock in the morning Just like his father did when he was mayor a few years back and starts bitching at them about something Ridiculous.

TellingItLikeItIs

I was on the fence till seeing Suarez's supporters. Don't need another crook walking lock-step with all the others. And, yes, Gimenez has been a HUGE disappointment!

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