Miami Beach commissioners Michael Grieco and Joy Malakoff are running to retain their seats in next year’s election.
Both have filed paperwork with the city clerk stating their candidacies and appointing campaign treasurers for the November 2017 election. They are seeking second four-year terms after first being elected in November 2013.
“I love what I do,” Malakoff told the Miami Herald on Tuesday. “That’s basically it.”
Grieco echoed Malakoff, saying he’s enjoyed listening to residents’ problems and trying to get them resolved.
“I enjoy being responsible to your individual constituents with their individual issues,” he said.
Grieco, 40, is a former state prosecutor and current defense attorney based in Miami Beach. Malakoff, 79, is a retired community banker and served on several city boards before holding office.
Some residents and even Mayor Philip Levine have suspected Grieco wants to run for mayor. The mayor said as much when Grieco voiced his opposition to the idea of a Cuban consulate in Miami Beach. Levine, who had said he was open to a consulate, accused Grieco of jockeying for votes from Cuban Americans. Grieco said he was simply representing his constituents. A majority of the commission later voted to oppose the idea.
The early filing does not preclude Grieco’s changing the seat he is running for.
Levine himself is suspected to be eying higher elected office, such as the governor’s seat. He has so far insisted he intends to run for a third term as mayor but has not filed the paperwork.