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Former lawmaker plans run for Hialeah mayor

A new candidate will join the race for Hialeah mayor.

On Wednesday, Rudy Garcia, a former state senator from Hialeah, filed paperwork to open a campaign account with the city of Hialeah.

The filing indicates he is going forward with a campaign for the top political job in the City of Progress, where the mayor also serves as the manager. For months, Garcia, 48, was widely expected to run for the office.

He joins a packed slate, including former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez, the current Council President Carlos Hernandez, state Rep. Eduardo "Eddy" Gonzalez and political novice George Castro.

The seat will be up for grabs in a special election in November, as Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina is running for Miami-Dade County mayor in the May 24 election.

Story by Laura Isensee here.