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MIAMI – Thousands of voters in southern cities Florida They went to the polls this Tuesday without any incidents being reported, to elect mayors and commissioners (councilors), among which was the Republican Francis Suarez, of Cuban origin, who was re-elected mayor of Miami.
Suárez, elected mayor of that Florida city in 2017, achieves a second term at the helm of his city with 20,816 votes counted, 79%, according to preliminary figures released by Local 10 television.
On Twitter, Suárez limited himself to reproducing what the Florida Politics account said: “Miami Mayor @FrancisSuarez overwhelmingly wins reelection.”
Suárez, who previously served two terms as commissioner and is the son of the former mayor of the same city Xavier Suárez, managed during his tenure that many technology firms settle in Miami, although his detractors criticize him that in his desire to transform the city into an innovation pole has neglected some of the residents’ needs.
“We have not changed our services to ordinary people in the city,” he defended himself today, and later added that “it is about ensuring the future of young people,” as reported by the Miami channel Telemundo 51.
In Miami-Dade, some 50,000 people have already voted in this electoral process through early voting or by mail, according to the Department of Elections of this county, although this year the early voting has decreased, according to local media.
Another city of this demarcation that elected a new mayor is Hialeah, majority Cuban and where five candidates ran to replace the outgoing Carlos Hernández. The winner was Esteban Bovo, with 12,837 votes in their favor (59%).
In the tourist Miami Beach, Mayor Dan Gelber was also re-elected with 7,742 votes (62%), according to the same source. Gelber was also involved in a campaign for the city’s bars and restaurants to close at 2:00 a.m. and not at 5:00 a.m. as is currently the case, an issue that residents will pronounce on the ballot.
The residents of the cities of Sunny isles also elected Dana Goldman with 930 votes (41%), while voters in Homestead they bet on Steve Losner (1,693 votes, 51%).
At the federal level, voters in the Florida constituency 20, which spans parts of southern Broward and Palm Beach counties, determined in a primary today, with more than a dozen candidates, the candidates from both parties who will run on January 11 to choose who will replace Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings, passed away last April.
The winning candidates were Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (Democratic Party), with 10,913 votes, and Jason mariner (Republican Party), with 3,344.
In a general sense, according to local media, many registered voters did not go to the polls, perhaps due to a rainy day in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Voting by mail has become more popular in South Florida again, Local 10 outlined.
On this national day, other states will elect mayors and governors, with attention focused on Virginia, where polling stations were the first to close their doors this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. local time (23:00 GMT).
There, the polls gave a tie between the Democratic candidate for Governor, Terry McAuliffe, and the republican, Glenn youngkin.
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