Well before voters in Miami's District 1 select a new representative, an active civic figure has announced his intention to run for City Commission.
Horacio S. Aguirre, chairman of the Miami River Commission and member of the Civilian Investigative Panel, announced on Thursday he will run for District 1 seat on the Miami City Commission.
The election isn't until November 2019, but Aguirre is already jumping in. The current District 1 representative, Commissioner Wilfredo "Willy" Gort, is term-limited next year.
Aguirre, son of the founder of Spanish-language newspaper Diario de las Américas, told the Miami Herald he wants to use the experience from serving on municipal boards to service on the commission.
"I think I can translate all of that into something tangible for District 1," he said.
District 1 includes Allapattah, Grapeland Heights, parts of Little Havana and the area around Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Another district 1 candidate has already begun fundraising. Miguel Angel Cabela, who has twice lost to Gort, opened his campaign account in February and has raised about $4,600.