Winners, Miami-Dade County Commission Election Runoffs

MIami-Dade County voters elected three commissioners Tuesday night.  From left to right, they are: Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez in District 12, Danielle Cohen Higgins in District 8 and Anthony Rodriguez in District 10.

MIami-Dade County voters elected three commissioners Tuesday night. From left to right, they are: Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez in District 12, Danielle Cohen Higgins in District 8 and Anthony Rodriguez in District 10.

Three candidates won seats on the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday night and two races head to runoff elections as the last of the veteran council members is forced out by term limits.

Danielle Cohen Higgins, Anthony Rodriguez and Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez each won more than 50% of the vote in their races for commissions in Districts 8, 10 and 12, respectively, and crossed the county election threshold in August.

Voters still have two commission contests to decide in November in races where no candidate has won a majority of votes.

In District 2, voters will choose the next commissioner in a second round between Chief Philippe Bien-Aime and Marleine Bastien. In District 6, Kevin Marino Cabrera takes on Jorge Fors Jr. in this second round.

This year’s commission elections will bring the final exits of long-serving commissioners to the 13-seat council.

Five commissioners are leaving due to term limits: Jean Monestime of District 2, Sally Heyman of District 4, Rebeca Sosa of District 6, Javier Souto of District 10 and Jose “Pepe” Diaz of District 12.

Miami-Dade voters approved a term-limits measure in 2012, and it limits commissioners to serving a pair of consecutive four-year terms.

Here’s a summary of the Miami-Dade commission’s five races on the ballot Tuesday:


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Six candidates for the Miami-Dade County District 2 seat in 2022, from top left: Marleine Bastien, Monique Barley-Mayo, Joe Celestin. Bottom left: William Clark, Philippe Bien-Aime, Wallace Aristide.

The race to fill the seat held for 12 years by Miami-Dade County’s first Haitian-American commissioner, Jean Monestime, has drawn six candidates, making it the most crowded ballot for the county’s contests. The two candidates heading to a runoff in November — Philippe Bien-Aime, the mayor of North Miami, and Marleine Bastien, a community nonprofit leader — are both Haitian Americans.

With about 90% of the constituencies reporting, Bien-Aime led the last vote count, with about 27% of the vote. Bastien had about 24%.

William DC Clark, a retired paramedic, was third with 21%, followed by high school principal Wallace Aristide with 18%; former North Miami Beach mayor Joe Celestin at 6% and 4% for former Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Monique Barely-Mayo.

Jean Monestime, the current commissioner of District 2, did not support anyone in the race.

District 2 includes the northern parts of Miami and the municipalities and neighborhoods in this area, stretching from the Miami River to North Miami Beach. I-95 from South Florida runs through the middle of the district, which includes parts of Hialeah and Opa-locka.


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There are four candidates for the Miami-Dade County Commission District 6 seat being vacated by Rebeca Sosa. From left to right, the candidates are: Victor Vazquez, Kevin Marino Cabrera, Jorge Fors and Dariel Fernandez. Miami Herald File

District 6’s contest to replace Rebeca Sosa after 21 years has turned bitter, with volleys of negative mail sent by top fundraising contenders, lobbyist Kevin Cabrera and Coral Gables Commissioner Jorge Fors Jr.

The contest split party leaders on the two Republican candidates, with Sosa endorsing Fors and former President Donald Trump endorsing Cabrera, who worked on Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign. Cabrera is married to Demi Busatta Cabrera, a Republican Representative District 114 at Florida House.

Cabrera led Tuesday’s vote by a wide margin after about 60% of constituency returns, garnering about 43% of the votes cast. Fors received about 26%.

Victor Vazquez, a commissioner from Miami Springs, trailed with 18%, followed by 13% for Dariel Fernandez, a member of the Miami-Dade Republican Party’s executive committee.

District 6 extends from the Hialeah area to the Snapper Creek Highway. Other cities in District 6 are Coral Gables, Miami Springs and West Miami


Outgoing Miami-Dade County Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins hugs Mayor Daniella Levine Cava after learning the results of the vote for the District 8 seat, which Levine Cava held before becoming mayor in 2020. The two hugged during a victory party at Bulla Gastrobar in The Falls mall in Miami, Florida on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. Daniel A. Varela [email protected]

Danielle Cohen Higgins, 41, faced her first election on Tuesday and won it by a comfortable margin. Fellow commissioners appointed her to the District 8 seat in December 2020 after Daniella Levine Cava resigned from her position following her election as mayor of the county.

With about 58% of the vote after two-thirds of the constituencies reported, Cohen Higgins was well ahead of his two opponents. Karen Baez-Wallis, former director of the trauma center at Jackson South Medical Center, received about 22% of the votes and Alicia Arellano, real estate agent and swimming coach, about 20%.

In a statement congratulating Cohen Higgins and the evening’s two other winners – Anthony Rodriguez of District 10 and Juan Carlos JC Bermudez of District 12 – Levine Cava said she was “thrilled” that her successor could continue to be “a strong district champion 8”.

District 8 includes Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, parts of Homestead, and the Kendall and Redland areas.


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From left, Martha Bueno, Julio Sanchez, Susan Khoury and Anthony Rodriguez are the Miami-Dade County Commission’s District 10 nominees.

Anthony Rodriguez already represents part of District 10 as a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, and he enjoyed a comfortable lead on Tuesday evening over the three other candidates for the succession of Javier Souto, in office since 1993.

With half the precincts returning, Rodriguez had 55% of the vote. West Kendall Community Council board member Martha Bueno was second with 22%, followed by 17% for Susan Khoury, a former federal worker, and 6% for software company owner Julio Sanchez. medical.

Rodriguez was elected to Florida House District 118 in 2018. District 10 is a western area without a municipality but includes large suburban neighborhoods including Westchester and Fontainebleau.

Souto endorsed Rodriguez.


Sophia Lacayo, former commissioner of Sweetwater, and Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez, mayor of Doral, applied for the seat of the Miami-Dade County Commission of District 12. Miami Herald file photo

In the District 12 race, Doral Mayor Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez won the endorsement of political opponents: Miami-Dade Democratic Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and former President Donald Trump, a republican.

The district includes Doral, where Trump owns a golf resort, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, Sweetwater and parts of Hialeah.

With all constituency reports, Bermudez received 66% of the votes cast. His opponent, former Sweetwater commissioner Sophia Lacayo, who spent about $1 million of her own money on the District 12 race, got the remaining 34% of the vote.

Jose “Pepe” Diaz, the outgoing commissioner, has held the District 12 seat since 2002. He hasn’t endorsed anyone In the race.


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Micky Steinberg, a former Miami Beach commissioner, was unopposed in the election for the Miami-Dade County commission’s District 4 seat. Sydney Walsh [email protected]

Former Miami Beach Commissioner Micky Steinberg won the District 4 seat from incumbent Sally Heyman in June when no other candidates showed up for the race.

Heyman and the other commissioners leaving this year are the last serving board members when term-limit rules came into effect in 2012.

Commission elections are held every two years and alternate between odd and even districts.

This story was originally published August 23, 2022 10:09 p.m.

Doug Hanks covers the government of Miami-Dade for the Herald. He worked at the newspaper for nearly 20 years, covering real estate, tourism and economics before joining the Metro desk in 2014.
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