HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – The qualifying period has ended, and now voters in Hialeah know what their Mayoral election will look like; lots of candidates and a full ballot.
20 candidates will be on the ballot for Mayor and seats on the city commission. While the campaigning has been going on for weeks, the official qualifying period closed at the end of the day Friday, meaning the ballot is now set.READ MORE: Opera Singer, Fashion Designer Radmila Lolly Thrills Miami Heat Fans With Custom-Designed Ball Gowns
Carlos Hernandez, who took over as acting mayor when Julio Robaina left the Mayor’s office in a failed run for Miami-Dade Mayor, is seeking election to the post. He has a tough fight, because former mayor and political legend Raul Martinez has also declared for the seat.
Martinez had retired from politics and left the Mayor’s job behind, but has decided he didn’t like sitting on the sidelines.
Also on the ballot is former State Senator Rudy Garcia, and political newcomer George Castro.READ MORE: Swastikas, Hate Messages Found Scrawled On Bathroom Wall At Davie High School
The Primary election is set for November 1st.
If no one wins a majority in the primary, the top two vote-getters will face off November 15th.
Hialeah does have one open council seat, as Councilman Jose Yedra will be term-limited out of office. Three people, including former Hialeah Housing Director Alex Morales, want that seat.
Four other incumbents up for election, Jose Caragol, Vivian Casals-Muñoz, Isis Garcia-Martinez and Paul Hernandez, are fighting to keep their seats.MORE NEWS: South Florida Family Makes Plea To Help Find Son's Suspended Killer
Daniel Bolaños, son of former Police Chief Rolando Bolaños, is one of two people challenging Casals-Muñoz.