Roosevelt Bradley, Miami-Dade's former transit director, has officially submitted paperwork to run for the county's top job, after the ouster earlier this month of Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
Bradley was a Miami-Dade employee until 2007, when Alvarez fired him. The move prompted outcry from African Americans upset that the mayor had forced out one of the county's highest-ranking b lack officials. Commissioners later held an unprecedented "name-clearing hearing" in which they passed a symbolic resolution of confidence in Bradley.
Bradley joins a crowded mayoral field that includes three leading, Cuban-American candidates: Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and former state Rep. Marcelo Llorente. Former County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Cancio has also thrown his hat in the ring.