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Why six-time loser is the frontrunner to become Miami’s next commissioner

Reyes

@NewsbySmiley

Manolo Reyes is 73 years old, the loser of six political campaigns over three decades and, according to recent polls, the frontrunner to replace Francis Suarez on the Miami City Commission.

A Mason-Dixon poll conducted in late June for Miami’s firefighters union found Reyes, a Westland Hialeah Senior High government and economics teacher, held a substantial lead over the field heading into a November special election triggered by Suarez’s run for mayor.

The results are consistent with two other polls conducted this summer, according to a source with knowledge of Miami’s political campaigns.

Reyes, whose first bid for city office came in 1985 at the age of 41, is running against Denise Galvez Turros and Ralph Rosado on what is now his seventh campaign. Rosado, 45, has significantly more money and has been actively on the campaign trail for more than a year.
 
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Pictured above: Manolo Reyes (L) with Mayor Tomas Regalado

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