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Miami Gardens candidate denies altering slate cards


A candidate in a Miami Gardens City Council race has been accused of attempting to mislead voters outside of an early-voting site.

Francis Ragoo has been blamed for tampering with an endorsement list for Tuesday's primary election prepared by Abraham Thomas, a Miami Gardens resident and former County Commission candidate. Ragoo has denied any involvement.

A campaign worker outside the North Dade Regional Library first noticed a Ragoo volunteer passing out the lists, which look exactly like Thomas’s lists but switch the endorsements for the two Miami Gardens council seats and for the Florida House District 107 race.

As reported in The Miami Times, Thomas’s list endorses the incumbents for the Miami Gardens seats, Vice Mayor Lisa Davis and Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro, and state Rep. Barbara Watson. The altered list endorses their opponents, Ragoo and Charlene Butler in the respective council races, and Watson’s opponent, Michael Joseph.

Ragoo said he doesn’t know who printed the duplicates and said the volunteer for his campaign doesn’t know who gave her the duplicates.

“My camp was set up and taken advantage of,” Ragoo said. “Somebody gave her that document and she didn’t know what it was.”