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With one year till elections, Miami candidates report October fundraising


With the election to name a new mayor of Miami now just one year away, Commissioner Francis Suarez is continuing to grow his war chest.

Campaign reports submitted Monday to the Miami city clerk's office show Suarez -- who raised $600,000 into the Miami's Future political committee on the day he made his second run for mayor official -- drummed up another $39,500 into his official campaign account last month. His contributions ranged from $50 to the maximum $1,000, and included $4,000 combined from the partners building the Riverside Wharf complex and $1,000 from former Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon.

The latest totals bring his combined cash on hand to more than $1.2 million -- about $1.2 million more than his only two named competitors, Robert Ingram Burke and Christian Canache.

The mayor's race is only one of possibly four races looming in November in the city, depending on whether Suarez does indeed resign his commission seat in order to run for mayor this fall.

Also happening:

  • With Commissioner Frank Carollo forced to step down from his District 3 seat next November due to term limits -- and generally presumed to be running for something -- the race to claim his seat appears to be wide open. Builder Miguel C. Soliman raised $1,000 in October, bringing his campaign account to $27,530. Alfie Leon, a former aide to Carollo, raised $3,242 to reach a total war chest of $26,847. Candidate and pharmaceutical salesman Alex Dominguez has raised $4,600.
  • In the District 4 race, Ralph Rosado is continuing to build on a financial advantage over  the field. He raised $11,440 in October, bringing his cash on hand to $217,000. His competitors -- Manuel Reyes and Tony Diaz -- have raised $16,000 and nothing, respectively.
  • In his bid to keep his District 5 seat, Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon reported raising only $1,500 in October, but maintains $158,000 cash on hand without so far having drawn an opponent. Better Miami, an electioneering communications organization that is chaired by his aunt Barbara Hardemon and supports candidates in Miami-Dade, has also raised $42,575 without spending a penny.