The qualifying period for the 2013 Miami Springs election officially closed on Friday.
A total of 10 candidates, according to city clerk Magali Valls, have gathered signatures, paid fees and set up campaign accounts.
In the mayor’s race, Councilwoman Jennifer Ator, a civil attorney who owns a law practice in Miami Springs and has served two terms, is running against incumbent Zavier Garcia, a media company owner and the city’s first Hispanic mayor.
Candidates for council will vie for four separate seats.
Group 1 candidates include:
• Néstor Suárez, a retail business executive who is making his first run for office;
• Michael Windrem, a real-estate agent who ran unsuccessfully in 2007;
• Helen Lawrence, a retired librarian who ran unsuccessfully in 2011;
• and Arturo Rabade, a teacher who joined the race this week and is running for the first time.
The Group 1 seat was vacated by Bob Best, who served in his post for eight years.
In Group 2, former mayor Billy Bain is seeking the seat vacated by his wife, Grace.
Grace Bain, a former city council candidate, filled the seat vacated by Councilman Dan Espino, who abruptly resigned in 2012 to run for a Miami-Dade School Board seat.
In Group 3, computer programmer George Lob, who was elected to the council in 2009, is seeking a third term.
In Group 4, middle school teacher and former council candidate Jaime A. Petralanda is running again, while elementary school teacher Constantino Hernández is running for the first time.
Residents Alexander Anthony and Miguel Becerra picked up packets to run for council slots this week, but as of Thursday had not yet qualified.
Residents may cast ballots in the Miami Springs election on Tuesday, April 2.