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Miami commission candidate picks up former opponent's endorsement

@PatriciaMazzei

The battle lines have been drawn in the runoff race for Miami’s District 5 commission seat.

Keon Hardemon received the endorsement of former opponent Robert Malone on Friday, with little fanfare.

The two men confirmed the endorsement by telephone. It came on the heels of Hardemon’s rival, the Rev. Richard P. Dunn II, picking up the support Thursday from Jacqui Colyer, who had rounded out the candidate field in the first round of the election.

Hardemon faces Dunn in the Nov. 19 runoff after placing first Tuesday. Both candidates coveted the endorsements of Colyer and Malone, who placed third and fourth, respectively.

Malone, a Miami-Dade public schools instructor, said he met with Hardemon, an assistant public defender, on Thursday night to formally give him his support.

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