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Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola files to run for re-election



Miami Beach’s November ballot will be full of familiar faces.

On Tuesday, Miami Beach City Commissioner Ricky Arriola filed to run for re-election. He joins Mayor Dan Gelber and former Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez in seeking another term. Former state Rep. David Richardson has also thrown his name into the race for the fourth commission seat on the November ballot after incumbent John Elizabeth Alemán decided not to run again.

There are seven seats on the City Commission, including the mayor’s, but only four are up for election this year. The deadline to file election paperwork isn’t until September, but candidates can start raising money after they file.

Arriola, who was first elected in November 2015, is the founder and CEO of Inktel Holdings Corp., a call center outsourcing company. He has also served as chairman of the board of the Adrienne Arsht Center and was previously appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities by President Barack Obama.

“I think the next four to five years are critical for our city for decades to come and I think if we do things right we’re really going to elevate the city to another level,” Arriola said. “We’re really doing a lot of good things but a lot more still needs to be done and I want to be a part of it.”

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