Voters handed Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and City Commissioner Frank Carollo second terms Tuesday in resounding fashion, but split the vote in the contentious battle to represent the city’s only predominantly black district, which will now go to a runoff in two weeks.
In what was expected to be a close contest between the Rev. Richard P. Dunn II and Miami-Dade assistant public defender Keon Hardemon, voters actually gave Hardemon about twice as many votes as Dunn in the race representing District 5, the city’s only predominantly black district.
Despite intense last-minute pitches by both sides to grab the Little Haiti vote, Hardemon failed to secure the majority vote needed to avoid a Nov. 19 runoff against Dunn. With all precincts reporting by early morning Wednesday, Dunn had squeaked past Miami-Dade Children's Trust executive Jacqui Colyer just enough to avoid a recount.
Dunn, a political veteran and the early frontrunner, had suffered a series of setbacks over questionable financial reports.