@joeflech & Brittny Valdes
Voters in Hialeah have overwhelmingly chosen to keep the city’s leadership as it is.
After a campaign that pitted well-funded, experienced incumbents against mostly young, underdog newcomers, voters had the final say Tuesday: the mayor and two council members will remain in office.
Mayor Carlos Hernández, a former Hialeah police officer who has served on the council since 2005, handily defeated former interim mayor Julio Martínez and political newcomer Juan Santana, a security guard. The mayor will now serve his first full term in office after winning a special election in 2011.