Voters Head Back to the Polls For Second Round of Miami-Dade Elections
Residents in several South Florida cities will be returning to the polls on Tuesday for the second round of local elections, after several races went into a runoff.
The candidates in each race were the top two vote getters from the first round of voting. They face off again after no one could secure the 50% plus one margin needed to win the first time around.
In Miami Beach, the heated Group 4 race will come down to Kristen Rosen Gonzalez and Steven Meiner.
Kristen Rosen Gonzalez’s political rival, Rafael A. Velasquez, was part of the once four-person election before falling to third and being eliminated from the race.
Rosen Gonzalez once accused Velasquez of exposing himself to her, and he in turn sued her.
Commissioner Ricky Arriola faced three challengers for his Group 5 seat, and now he will have to beat Raquel Pacheco to reclaim it.
In Group 6, four candidates ran to replace John Elizabeth Aleman, who announced earlier this year that she wouldn’t seek re-election.
David Richardson and Adrian Gonzalez will face-off to replace her.
In the City of Miami, voters will decide on who will be seated as commissioner for District 1 after current commissioner Willy Gort reaches his term limit.
Alex Diaz de la Portilla and Miguel Angel Gabela are the two running for that opportunity.
Voters in Hialeah are voting to fill two councilmember seats.
Group 2 will pit Luis Gonzalez against Jesus Tundidor, while Group 3 has Jackie Garcia-Roves facing Milly Herrera.