They may not be the first races on voters' minds, what with the likes of Rick Scott and Jeff Greene to keep them entertained, but the campaigns for Miami-Dade School Board have gotten interesting this year, with four of nine seats up for grabs
Five people are looking to replace incumbent Ana Rivas Logan, a Republican candidate for Florida House. Five candidates are vying to replace the retiring Solomon Stinson, and the contest between incumbent Perla Tabares Hantman and challenger Manny Diaz Jr. has drawn attention.
Diaz Jr. is not related to Manny Diaz, the former mayor of Miami. But a candidate in another School Board race is related to another city mayor.
Raquel Regalado is one of five candidates seeking to replace the retiring Agustín Barrera. And she's got her dad, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, doing ads for her on Spanish-language radio, asking voters to cast their ballots for his daughter.
"As your mayor of the city of Miami, I ask you [for your vote]," he says. "But more so as a father who has complete confidence that Raquel will do an exceptional job."
The younger Regalado -- who goes by Raquelita -- promises to bring to the board "the same transparency and communication that my father has brought to the city of Miami."