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Lies, Chavista ties and red light cameras: A Miami election so ugly the parents jumped in



An uneasy detente between political dynasties fighting for the same city of Miami commission seat has finally given way ahead of election day, spilling decades of bad blood into voters’ mailboxes and onto their television screens.

Former Mayor Joe Carollo and Tomás N. “Tommy” Regalado, the son and namesake of Miami’s current mayor, are letting loose on each other just as absentee ballots begin to drop in Little Havana and West Brickell, where voters are choosing from seven candidates to replace outgoing Commissioner Frank Carollo — Joe’s brother.

Zoraida Barreiro, Alex Dominguez, Alfonso “Alfie” Leon, Miguel Soliman and José Suárez are also running in the race. But Carollo and Regalado seem to have eyes only for each other. Through their campaigns, they have lobbed accusations of lies, Chavista ties, defamation and political intimidation.

Things have gotten so ugly that the candidates’ parents have gotten involved.

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