MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Voters in the City of Miami re-elected Mayor Tomás Regalado to his position. City Commissioner Frank Carollo was also elected to his second term.
Regalado won in a landslide with 78-percent of the vote. Voter turnout was just over 26-thousand.
In what was expected to be a close contest between perennial District 5 candidate Rev. Richard P. Dunn II and Keon Hardemon, a Miami-Dade assistant public defender, Hardemon garnered about twice as many votes and received more than 45-percent of the vote compared to Dunn’s 22-percent. However, Hardemon failed to secure the majority vote needed to avoid a Nov. 19 runoff. It’ll either be Dunn or Jacqui Colyer, an executive with the Miami-Dade Children’s Trust in that runoff. Colyer received 21.53-percent of the vote, or 1,405 votes and Dunn received 22.21-percent of the vote or 1,449 votes. That’s a difference of just 44 votes.
In Hialeah, voters also overwhelmingly chose to keep the city’s leadership as it is.
Mayor Carlos Hernández, a former Hialeah police officer who has served on the council since 2005 easily defeated former interim mayor Julio Martínez and political newcomer Juan Santana. Two council members, Luis Gonzalez and Paul “Pablito” Hernandez, will also remain in their positions.