Carlos Alvarez "Would Consider" Running in Special Election to Win Back His Seat
|Losing a recall might not be enough to keep Alvarez out of office.|
Better get that new campaign up and running, Carlos. More than 72,000 absentees and just over 58,900 early votes have already poured in by this morning, Marie Bertot, a spokeswoman for the county elections department, tells Riptide.
Bertot says early returns should start appearing online by 7:30 tonight. We'll keep you posted as they roll in.
In other recall-related news:
- Traffic was light at polling places around Miami-Dade today (maybe because so many early and absentee ballots were cast). Riptide stopped by a South Beach election site near Española Way this morning to cast our ballot -- we'll just let you guess how we voted -- and the place was empty except for volunteers munching on free cookies and reading spy novels.
- November candidates are already jumping on the anti-incumbency recall fervor. Dave Crystal, a tutoring business owner running for Miami Beach mayor, held a news conference this morning calling for Assistant City Manager Hilda Fernandez to get the ax over allegations she and other officials demanded free tickets from the New World Symphony.
- Norman Braman, the auto magnate who bankrolled the recall, has scheduled a conference at his midtown office for 9 p.m. to talk about the results. Braman is already looking beyond the recall, via a pact formed with Victor Diaz to push for a widespread charter change, including term limits, at-large districts, and new lobbying rules.
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