Monday was swearing in day for businessman turned politician Philip Levine as Miami Beach’s new mayor. The mayor’s job was Levine’s first run for political office and he won with a hard fought campaign against sitting commissioner Michael Gongora and comedian Steve Berke.
After Miami Beach’s general election earlier this month, commission seats were left empty as none of the candidates garnered enough votes needed to win. Just ahead of Tuesday’s voting day, the city’s residents can cast their early vote Saturday and Sunday.
The voters have spoken in Miami Beach as to who they would like as their next mayor but the result is too close to call. Philip Levine came out on top with 5,630 votes or 50.48 percent of the vote. He needed 50.5 percent of the vote to win the election outright.