We're just getting started on the 2018 races for Miami-Dade County Commission, but a prominent name has already joined the contender list for 2020.
Florida Sen. Rene Garcia, a Republican former member of the Hialeah City Council is forced to retire from the Senate this year due to term-limit rules, has filed for the 2020 election to replace Esteban "Steve" Bovo in the county district representing Hialeah. Bovo is forced to leave his District 13 seat in 2020 through Miami-Dade's own set of term-limit rules.
Garcia filed his candidacy papers last December. He joins a few other other early birds in the 2020 elections for commission districts with odd numbers. (The even-numbered districts for the 13-member board have elections this year -- along with a special election in District 5 to replace a vacancy caused by Bruno Barreiro resigning to run for Congress.)
Mark Coats, a private-school administrator who worked under Alex Penelas when he was county mayor, is running to replace term-limited Dennis Moss in District 9 and Temidayo Olukemi Ogedengbe, founder of a new non-profit focused on college education, is running in District 3 to replace term-limited Audrey Edmonson.