Former Miami Beach commissioner and mayoral candidate Michael Góngora, who also came in third last year during the Democratic primary for state Senate District 38, wants back in City Hall.
The condo attorney served as commissioner for a year in the mid-2000s following a special election and then a full term from 2009 to 2013 before losing the 2013 mayoral election to Philip Levine. Now, with Commissioner Joy Malakoff withdrawing her bid for reelection following a physical injury, Góngora has his sights set for his old seat on the dais.
Góngora's entry marks another development in what looks to be an interesting election year in the Beach. With Levine seriously mulling a run for governor, Commissioner Michael Grieco and former state legislator Dan Gelber will square off for mayor.
And there's still plenty of time for other folks to throw their hats in. The city's qualifying period isn't until the first week of September. The election is Nov. 7.