Reports: Francis Suarez Dropping Out of Mayor's Race

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Well, Tomas Regalado is now all but certain to be Miami's mayor again for the next four years. According to reports from both The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, his main competitor, commissioner Francis Suarez, is expected to drop out of the race after a turbulent period in his campaign.

Suarez, the son of former mayor Xavier Suarez, is expected to cite news of his wife's pregnancy as the official reason for abandoning the race, but the word comes just days after news that his campaign manager and another staffer will accept charges of mishandling absentee ballots and spend a year on probation. There was also some minor Twitter hubbub involving one of his commission office aides that shouldn't have bothered anyone with half a brain.

Of course, being connected to some light absentee ballot fraud or embarrassing staffers hans't forced several other candidates in Miami-Dade to drop out of their races.

More tellingly, Suarez would have had until tomorrow evening to officially resign his seat on the city commission in order to run for mayor.

There hasn't been a publicly released independent poll in the race, but Suarez was holding his own against Regalado in another meaningful measure: campaign donations. According to the most recent reports Suarez had raised $495,911 to Regalado's $449,468. A separate organization aimed at supporting Suarez has also raised $824,212.

There was indeed a strong desire in parts of the community to see someone replace Regalado, a mayor who has had his fair share of problems. But unless Suarez changes his mind (assuming the reports aren't false in the first place) or there's a surprise last minute entrant into the race aside from the handful of sure-to-be also-rans who have filed, it seems that Miami will be stuck with Tomas for better or worse for the next four years. Democracy at its finest.

Update: From Independent news blogger Elaine de Valle

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stephaniemayes11
stephaniemayes11

Jeff Benjamin is and will be the only honest and trustworthy Politician to ever run for Office in Miami ...So tired of you Dirt Bag Regalado supporters spewing your hate...but then again what else can you do..when Miami is ranked as the 2nd worst city for jobs and the lowest in education..

G0210
G0210

Jeff Benjamin is the biggest Crook you will ever meet, clearly this user below is getting paid or a favor in the UNLIKELY event Benjamin wins, and IF he does, he will not last for too long in office, there are several open investigations and the state attorney is after filing a fraud case against him. DO NOT vote for Benjamin.

pirtdab
pirtdab

GOOD! One crook out, another to go!

"But unless Suarez changes his mind (assuming the reports aren't false in the first place) or there's a surprise last minute entrant into the race aside from the handful of sure-to-be also-rans who have filed, it seems that Miami will be stuck with Tomas for better or worse for the next four years. Democracy at its finest."

I"M REALLY SICK of the biased brainwashed media trying to tell me and everyone eles who's going to win and election 2 months before the first votes will be cast.  EVERY local media outlet should be ashamed for the disservice they have provided thus far. 

For all of you who don't know, Research THIS NAME:

 JEFF BENJAMIN!


For those of us who live in the City of Miami, and want to see a positive and lasting change in our community; the choice is clear.

Jeff Has been running a grassroots campaign, and has clearly gotten the cold shoulder from every major media outlet in South Florida; yet he still hasn't quit.

Jeff is the most highly educated candidate in the field; holding a PhD in neuroscience. Unlike his opponents, Jeff is not a carrier politician. He has a day job that actually benefits people in our community, in his work with Alzheimer's patients.

Jeff actually has plans to HELP this City grow in a sustainable fashion. His plans for increased affordable public transportation, and the use of energy efficient technology to reduce our carbon foot print while saving taxpayers money; are items untouched by any other candidate out there...and they are just the tip of the iceberg. 

Do the research, get educated, and VOTE Nov. 5th for a Candidate you can ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN! Vote For JEFF BENJAMIN!

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

The sensationalism with the "Reefa campaign" did not help him out one bit.

James Eagles
James Eagles

Suarez...thanks for the spam! I never joined your mailing list, but started getting stuff from your election team last year.

Kareem Tabsch
Kareem Tabsch

He had the tide in his favor. Sucks he decided not to stick it out.

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