Pro-equality candidates performed well in this week’s Miami municipal elections.
Mayors in Miami and Miami Beach won re-election with the support of SAVE, the county’s leading LGBT advocacy organization.
“We are so proud of pro-equality Mayors Francis Suarez and Dan Gelber from Miami and Miami Beach for winning their reelection bids,” said Orlando Gonzales, SAVE’s executive director.
Suarez, 44, defeated four challengers to win his second term as mayor. An attorney, promoter of cryptocurrency and registered Republican, Suarez got 21,480 votes for 79%. His nearest challenger, Max Martínez, a young progressive and Belen Jesuit graduate, received 3,167 votes for 11%. As of Thursday morning, 27,325 people cast their ballot in the mayoral election. In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Miami’s population as 442,241.
In Miami Beach, Gelber won another term with 62% of the vote. Gelber got 7,937 votes to easily outdistance four other challengers.
Two Miami Beach Commission seats are headed for a run-off. SAVE is endorsing Raquel Pacheco in Group I and Alex Fernandez in Group III. The run-off is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16.
“These types of races are often decided by a small number of people,” Gonzales said. “I hope Miami Beach voters do whatever they can to vote by mail, vote early or vote in person on Nov. 16.”
Fernandez, a married gay man, has served on the city’s planning board. He is seeking to replace a term-limited Michael Góngora on the dais. In the first round of voting, Fernandez came out on top of the four candidate field, earning 4,455 votes for 36%.