Defeated Miami Springs mayoral candidate Fernando “Fred” Suco sued the city on Friday, challenging its election process.
Suco, a local tavern owner, lost in the April 7 election to incumbent Zavier Garcia, a media company owner, who garnered 55.93 percent of the vote.
A complaint filed weeks ago by Suco alleged 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.
The report cited a “conflict” between state law and the city charter and concluded that a candidate “wishing to challenge the process in question” could do so with a lawsuit.
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Suco’s listed attorney did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
“I cannot comment as I have not seen the complaint,” Miami Springs City Attorney Jan Seiden said Saturday morning.
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.