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In Miami Beach, a mayoral race as lively as the city


Miami Beach’s mayoral election has attracted the kind of star power and money that has come to be expected of the million-dollar sandbar.

Former President Bill Clinton has dropped by, and eclectic Virgin Group CEO Sir Richard Branson has weighed in. More than a million bucks in campaign expenditures have been made in the fight to become mayor of this brand-name city of 90,000.

The gig pays $10,000 a year, and the mayor only gets one vote out of seven on the commission. The job comes with no executive authority.

Hoping to land the post: former comedian Steve Berke, current city Commissioner Michael Góngora and self-made multi-millionaire Philip Levine.

Perennial, fringe candidate Raphael Herman also is running. He claims to have killed Osama Bin Laden, solved the Cuban Missile Crisis and to have come up with President John F. Kennedy’s famous line, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

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