Miami Springs voters cast ballots Tuesday at the city’s golf course for a new mayor and four council members.
In the mayor's race, incumbent Zavier Garcia, a media company owner, narrowly beat challenger Fred Suco, a local tavern owner, with 55.93 percent of the vote.
“Thank you all for your support,” said Garcia.
Suco filed a complaint last week alleging a violation of state election law against Garcia “regarding the manner in which petition signatures are collected by a candidate seeking to qualify for the ballot,” states a Miami-Dade Ethics Commission report dated April 6. Though the report mentions a “conflict” between state law and the city charter, it concluded that “no further action is warranted.”
Residents also elected the following new council members:
▪ Group I: Bob Best, a landscaper, upset incumbent Michael Windrem, a real estate agent, with 54.29 percent of the vote.
▪ Group II: Incumbent Billy Bain, a metal worker, beat Martin Marquez, an architect, with 64.04 percent of the vote.
▪ Group III: Roslyn Buckner, a retired police officer, upset incumbent George Lob, a computer programmer, with 51.58 percent of the vote.
▪ Group IV: Incumbent Jaime Petralanda, a schoolteacher, defeated Constantino Hernandez, also a schoolteacher, with 59.60 percent of the vote.
Miami Springs has a population of about 14,000. Of the city’s 8,385 registered voters, 2,902 (or 34.61 percent) cast ballots, according to election officials.
The newly elected Miami Springs City Council will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. April 20 at City Hall, 201 Westward Dr. The new commissioners will be sworn in at 6:30 p.m..