Openly Gay Jesse Walters Wins Miami Shores Council Seat After Slurs Deface His Campaign Signs
Four of five Miami Shores' at-large council seats were up for grabs in last night's election, and Walters came in fourth in the voting with 681 votes. The rest of the night's winners were two incumbent councilmen and a former mayor. Herrera finished fifth and won't return to the council. Walters will be the only fresh face on the dais.
Walters had several campaign signs defaced after he sent out a flyer featuring a picture of his partner of 23-years and their 15-month-old daughter. Pieces of masking tape with words written on them like "faggot" and "shit lover" were found on Walter's signs. Though, now that he's finished fourth, he will serve a two-year term on the council.
About 23 percent of registered voters in the relatively small village of Miami Shores, best known as home of Barry University, turned out. Former Mayor Jim McCoy finished first in the vote and will likely be selected by the council to return to his former position as mayor.
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