Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez will pull out of the race for mayor on Tuesday, after a series of miscues by staffers set the fledgling campaign on its heels, sources said Monday.
Suarez has until Tuesday evening to inform the city clerk’s office of his intent to resign his commission seat to run for mayor in order to qualify for the Nov. 5 mayoral race.
Suarez didn’t respond to calls or texts by late Monday afternoon. The city clerk’s office said it had no indication of Suarez’s plans.
Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, Suarez’s main opponent in November, said he bumped into Suarez at a Starbuck’s coffee shop on Coral Way Monday morning and that they spoke briefly. The mayor said Suarez told him he was mulling over his choices and would make an announcement of some type Tuesday.
“He said he’d get back to me,” said Regalado. “He said he was considering his options.” Without Suarez in the race, Regalado is expected to coast to victory. The only rivals left are relative unknowns.
The Suarez campaign, though flush with cash, has been mired in missteps over the past few months.