Special Election, Not Appointment, Likely for Next Mayor
Nine of the 12 remaining commissioners tell the Miami Herald they will support a special election for both the mayor's seat and for Seija's District 13 seat. The three hold-outs could not be reached for comment.
The commission has 30 days to meet and set a date for the election. That date must come 45 days after the meeting. The winner of the election would serve for the rest of Alvarez's term, until late 2012. He or she would be eligible to run for re-election after that.
Several candidates have indicated they would run in a special election, including Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaino, county Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, former state legislator Marcello Llorente, and 2 Live Crew impresario and New Times columnist Luther Campbell. Several other candidates have expressed interest but said they'd rather wait to run in 2012.
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