Coral Gables voters are headed to the polls again to determine the commissioner of group two.

In the first round of voting, José Valdés-Fauli placed second in a six-way race. Valdés-Fauli, a gay man and retired banker, trailed attorney Rhonda Anderson by 1,635 votes.

Valdés-Fauli has considerable ground to make up. He defeated Anderson in just two of the city’s 24 precincts. Undeterred, Valdés-Fauli believes his financial background is best suited for the commission. 

“As your city commissioner, I will lean on my financial expertise to guide our city beautifully out of this pandemic, stronger and more resilient than ever before,” Valdés-Fauli said in his last pitch to voters before early voting starts this weekend. 

Much of the campaign rhetoric has involved the development of the city’s Miracle Mile District.

“The real issue on Miracle Mile is the high rents,” Valdés-Fauli said in an interview with Grant Miller of Miami’s Community Newspapers. “We need to get the city involved in helping them rent these spaces — the BID [Business Improvement District], the Chamber of Commerce, everybody wrapping their hands around it.”

Valdés-Fauli is endorsed by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, SAVE and Equality Florida. Early voting is Saturday and Sunday. The election concludes on Tuesday, April 27.

Elsewhere, Miami Shores elected Daniel Marinberg to its village council. Marinberg, a gay man, serves on the Board of Directors of the National LGBTQ Task Force. The lone man on the Miami Shores council, Marinberg received the second most votes in the election and assumed the role of vice mayor.

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