Francis Suarez is only three months deep into his final four-year term as a Miami city commissioner, but the campaign to take his place should he run for mayor in 2017 has already started.
On Wednesday, Ralph Rosado announced that he will make another push for the city's District 4 seat, which represents Coral Way, Flagami, and several other of Miami's southwest neighborhoods. His first fundraiser will be Feb. 24 at Ball and Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St.
"There's a lot to be done" in Miami, said Rosado, a Cuban-born urban planner who lives with his wife and three kids in Golden Pines.
Rosado has been in this position before. He filed to run for the District 4 commission seat and raised $165,000 when Suarez looked like he would challenge Tomas Regalado for mayor in 2013. But Suarez aborted that plan and Rosado rolled his campaign account over to the 2019 election. He still has about $80,000. Manuel Reyes, another candidate with a 2019 campaign account open, has $16,000 in the bank.
Rosado said he doesn't have any inside information on if Suarez will run for mayor (the commissioner says he's heavily leaning toward a run) but he couldn't wait around to find out. Should Suarez run for mayor, he would have to give up his commission seat in order to qualify for a November 2017 election.
Here's the press release:
Family and Friends,
I have some exciting news to share – I am re-starting my campaign for City of Miami Commissioner for District 4. As someone that was born and raised in the City, that learned in its schools and that played in its parks, I look forward to addressing the challenges ahead.
District 4 is a district of neighborhoods, and the residents of Shenandoah, Silver Bluff, Coral Gate, Golden Pines, West Little Havana, Flagami, and Flagler Gardens deserve the best representation possible. During the last several years I have had the chance to help improve conditions in the district and city in various ways, by focusing on transit access, pedestrian safety, park improvements, enhanced policing, business creation, and the amelioration of conditions for senior citizens.
My campaign kickoff/fundraiser will be on Wednesday, February 24th, 6-8pm, at Ball and Chain, 1513 SW 8 Street. It would mean a lot to have you there with my family and me.
I’m willing to put in the hard work that any campaign requires. But I cannot do it alone. I will need you by my side. Whether you can volunteer or contribute financially or both, your support is critical. Together, we can secure a brighter future for the neighborhoods of Miami’s District 4.
If you are unable to attend but would like to support the campaign, you may contribute online at www.ralphrosado.com
or by mailing a contribution (payable to "Ralph RosadoCampaign") to Ralph Rosado Campaign, PO Box 452521, 1800 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33245-2521. Maximum Contribution: $1,000 Per Person (Personal and/or Corporate).
Please feel free to extend this invitation to anyone interested in helping my campaign efforts.
Mari, the kids, and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 24th!
Ralph Ralph Rosado
Candidate for City Commissioner
City of Miami - District 4
Political advertisement paid for and approved by Ralph Rosado, Candidate for City of Miami Commissioner, District 4.