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Katy Sorenson backs Eugene Flinn for Miami-Dade County Commission

In the battle of the South Dade mayors to represent District 8 on the Miami-Dade County commission, Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn now has one thing former Homestead Mayor Lynda Bell does not: the endorsement of the commissioner the two are hoping to replace.

Katy Sorenson threw her support behind Flinn Thursday afternoon, saying she and him "share similar values and priorities."

"I know that Gene is committed to principles of good government and citizen participation, and I firmly believe that he will uphold the highest ethical standards as a public officias, as his eight-year record shows," Sorenson said.

The endorsement is not particularly surprising: Sorenson has often been a progressive voice in County Hall, and Bell has positioned herself as more conservative. The former president of FLorida Right to Life surprised some political observers by making it into the runoff despite not being one of the top two fundraisers in the race.

But the endorsement could still carry some weight in a district where Sorenson is still popular.

"I'm overwhelmed today," Flinn said. "This is a strong message. This is an outstanding boost to this campaign."