As Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado coasts toward his second term in office, he’s finding time to inform voters on the other issues on the Nov. 5 ballot, such as a project that could reinvent a chunk of Coconut Grove’s waterfront and a large bond offering that would pave the way for major improvements at Miami-Dade’s largest public hospital.
Despite the withdrawal of Commissioner Francis Suarez from the mayoral contest — the only real threat to Regalado’s reelection — the mayor continues to spend money and says he has no intention of abandoning the campaign trail.
In the past few weeks, his campaign has spent more than $100,000 on a radio advertising blitz in both English and Spanish. Tony Crapp Jr., a former city manager and former Regalado chief of staff, has lent his voice to bits on WMBM-1490, a gospel station with a large audience in the black community.
The mayor — who still faces three little-known opponents — says his key objective is getting out the vote. “I’m pushing for myself, looking for a mandate. I’m telling the people they need to vote. I don’t want to be seen as the mayor of the minority,” said Regalado.
As the mayor’s fundraising effort catapults past $1 million, it has allowed friends and family to prosper.