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Hialeah state rep makes it official: He's running for Miami-Dade property appraiser

@PatriciaMazzei

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.

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Taxpayer

Do any of these guys know anything about fair market value?

Billy Johnson

All these guys know it's a cushy government job that pays $174k a year plus benefits plus the money they take in on the side by providing favorable appraisals to their pals.

Taxpayer

Do any of these guys know the three approaches to valuing real property?

Pierre

I attended a Meet-and-Greet with Alex Dominguez, and he talked pretty accurately of how the Property Appraiser's office keeps taxable values inflated despite the fact that our market values have diminished. In part, it is because of all the foreclosures not being included in the taxable value appraisal.

Dominguez seems like the only candidate that wants to look at things from an honest point of view. Pedro Garcia is the one that came out with the inflation when he was in office. Sonia Alfaro wants to increase our taxes. Eddy Gonzalez is just a freaking corrupt opportunist. The others have no clue of what's going on.

I'm going with Alex Dominguez.

OLGA LEON

I THINK YOU HAVE TO GET FAMILIAR WITH THE QUALIFICATIONS OF ALL THE NEW CANDIDATES, SPECIALLY GOBEL.

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