A regular at County Hall meetings filed for the chance to run the place.
Benjamin John "B.J." Chiszar, who had a brief, tempestuous tenure as chair of the local Democratic Party about seven years ago, is running for Miami-Dade mayor. Chiszar is one of a handful of residents who often speaks during the public comment periods of County Commission meetings, making him a familiar face to incumbent Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the 13-member County Commission.
The 37-year-old is a former member of the Army Intelligence Corps and now attends graduate school full-time, according to his campaign website. On the site, he said he is running to tackle "out of control violent crime, traffic, waste, tolls, and corruption!"
Chiszar's entry brings to six the number of challengers facing Gimenez. So far, only two are raising money: school-board member Raquel Regalado and newcomer Alfred Santamaria.