State Rep. Eddy Gonzalez, a Hialeah Republican and head of the Miami-Dade legislative delegation, made it official last week that he will run for county property appraiser.
Gonzalez, who is term-limited, opened a campaign account May 20. Late Thursday, he publicly announced his campaign.
"Whether as a volunteer for the Kiwanis Club or as an elected official, throughout my life I've always wanted to serve my community," Gonzalez said in a statement. "I am ready to bring my people-first philosophy to ensure that fairness, professionalism, and excellent customer service are provided to all Miami-Dade residents as their Property Appraiser."
In putting customer service front and center, Gonzalez is echoing the campaign of his elected predecessor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who left the nonpartisan county office after a year in January when he was named Florida Gov. Rick Scott's lieutenant governor. Lazaro Solis, Lopez-Cantera's deputy, has been running the office on an interim basis until countywide elections are held in August.
With a strong voter base in Hialeah, where he was previously city councilman, Gonzalez will be a big name in the crowded property appraiser race. Six other candidates have filed to run, included Pedro Garcia, Lopez-Cantera's predecessor. Other somewhat familiar names include former Miami city commission candidates Jacqui Colyer and Alex Dominguez, with newcomers Sonia Alfaro, Albert Armada, and Carlos D. Gobel rounding out the field.