Miami-Dade County

Voters head to polls in Miami Beach runoff; Miami will still vote in District 2 race

Elizabeth “Betsy” Pérez, left, and Kristen Rosen Gonzalez are running for the Group 4 seat on the Miami Beach City Commission.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Pérez, left, and Kristen Rosen Gonzalez are running for the Group 4 seat on the Miami Beach City Commission.

Miami Beach voters will vote on Tuesday to fill one remaining commission seat while their counterparts in Miami will cast ballots as a formality in an election that has already been decided.

In Miami, voters from Coconut Grove to Morningside will choose a new District 2 commissioner, although the election's outcome has already been determined after Teresa Sarnoff withdrew last week, leaving Ken Russell as the only candidate still in the running. The city says votes for Sarnoff won't count, but law requires that the election must be held. Russell will succeed Sarnoff’s husband, term-limited Commissioner Marc Sarnoff.

For the Group 4 seat on the Miami Beach commission, voters will decide between two political newcomers who were the top voter-getters in a field of six on Nov. 3: Miami-Dade College professor Kristen Rosen Gonzalez and music industry professional Elizabeth “Betsy” Pérez.

The two are vying to succeed term-limited Commissioner Jonah Wolfson. Commissioner Deede Weithorn is also term-limited, as well as Ed Tobin, who resigned early to be sworn in as a police officer in Miami.

The winner, along with two other newly-elected commissioners — John Elizabeth Alemán and Ricky Arriola — and reelected Mayor Philip Levine, will be sworn in during a commission meeting Monday.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can find sample ballots, poll locations and other election information at http://www.miamidade.gov/elections.

Joey Flechas: 305-376-3602, @joeflech

David Smiley: 305-376-2284, @newsbysmiley

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