Carlos Gimenez Claims Victory in Miami-Dade Mayoral Election

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By a surprisingly slim margin, Miami-Dade voters have picked Carlos Gimenez to serve as the county's next mayor. Gimenez received just 51 percent of the vote in the special runoff election triggered by the recall of former mayor Carlos Alvarez. Opponent Julio Robaina has offered his concession.

Though it was a razor-thin victory, it's still an impressive feat for Gimenez. Robaina had emerged as the leader after the initial round of voting, besting Gimenez by a little less than 5 percent. However, neither got more than 50 percent triggering the runoff. Robaina had also far out-raised Gimenez in campaign contributions.

If there was one major complaint about Gimenez throughout the campaign it was that the guy, who has slowly worked his way up the ladder in Miami-Dade politics, was kind of a boring stiff and career bureaucrat. Considering more than 90 percent of the electorate just voted yes to removing the previous tenant of the mayor's office and seem to be sick of county hall turmoil, that may not have been such a bad thing.

Meanwhile, the far more fiery Robaina failed to connect with many voters outside of his Hialeah stronghold. Allegations of shady private business dealings, back room deals, and a strange last-minute shift by coming out against even the most basic of rights for GLBT citizens (one of few major policy differences between the two platforms) haunted his campaign despite a near $700,000 advantage in campaign cash.

Gimenez, a former county commissioner, City of Miami manager, and City of Miami fire chief, will serve out the rest of Alvarez's term. The first round of voting for the next mayoral election is less that 14 months away in August 2012. So, yes Miami-Dade electorate, we know you just voted in three separate elections to kick out Alvarez and then replace him, but it's already time to start preparing for the next one. See you then.

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lilbirdy305
lilbirdy305

he is the INTERIM MAYOR. the people of Miami-Dade County voted for the lesser of 2 evils. Carlos is just a place holder until the 2012 elections, where the residents of Miami-Dade County will have a REAL opportunity to vote for their Mayor.

My vote and my familes vote go to Joe Martinez, he is my commissioner and he is always on top of the issues, i can only imagine what he will do when hes Mayor!

Joe Martinez is my Mayor!

jane of all trades
jane of all trades

Can anyone tell me what happens to the part of the $700,000 that was not spent campaigning?  Where does that money go?  Into Robaina's pocket?

trueamerican
trueamerican

Who cares!  All these people are in the same soup as they bust the residents of South Florida.  None of the politicians in South Florida are worth a penny and even if you put them all together!  They swindled money out of our pockets to build the worthless Marlins Arena.  They swindled Jackson Memorial Hospital by way of the commissioners to agree to cutting 5% out of county workers and the list goes on. 

I ask that the next time a major hurricane hits the Miami area, that it only takes with it all the politicians that hopefully will gathered together on a golf course somewhere celebrating.  Maybe afterwards, we South Floridians can finally live as Americans in The United States and not as people do in Cuba.  Where a dictator decides by force what others do and think except here its a group of ugly, rich, racist and Luciferian demons!

May God have mercy on all of you because I want nothing more than to see all of you washed away in the oceans of our world so as to feed the beautiful life contained within it.   You and the rest of your lying bunch should look at yourselves in the mirror and truly admit to yourselves that, "You are a Fascist"!  But, I think you already know this fact!

Juliodecastro
Juliodecastro

What was the necessity to havefour uniform police officer guarding the stage were the acceptance speech byMayor Gimenes was conducted? Isn’t he surrounded by hissupporters?

2012 deadline
2012 deadline

If Carlos Gimenez doesn't reduce pay and benefits for the 10 unions someone else, maybe Robaina, will crush him in 2012.

Gimenez better reduce expenses NOW.

arpar
arpar

No matter which clown won, we would still be a right wing corrupt banana republic!

Time to man up
Time to man up

Now Carlos Gimenez will have to show he can be tough on the 10 County unions. Gimenez has always had a reputation of being soft on unions as he made his fortune as a union member.

Who will look out for the lowly, and crucial, taxpayers?

Lin
Lin

About time a decent human being won an elected seat in Miami.

SamFeldman
SamFeldman

I am surprised, but very happy that Gimenez won. Dirty politics and money usually succeed, especially in Dade County. This time the mild mannered underfunded underdog won it running a clean campaign. Kudos to the Mayor Elect. Gimenez is deserving. He was an excellent City Manager in The City of Miami and he was a fantastic County Commissioner who replaced Jimmy Morales admirably.

P_Nis
P_Nis

Armando Gutierrez and crew lose another election. Congrats to Gimenez!!

Regular Joe
Regular Joe

Congratulations from Bangor, Maine!!!

nevernot
nevernot

As the thinkers and noncorrupt breathe a collective sigh of relief....

 YELLOw SuBMAriNE
YELLOw SuBMAriNE

Congratulations Mayor! Best wishes from Yellow Submarine :)

Danny1589
Danny1589

this guy can't spell. "Thought it was a razor thing victory..." you mean "THOUGH it was a razor THIN victory" and it's ladder not "latter"

Guest
Guest

Give the guy a break.  The blackberry he wrote this article on obviously has shit for spell checking.

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