Cutler Bay

Cutler Bay has a new mayor and councilman after Tuesday’s runoff election

Tim Meerbott, left, was elected mayor of Cutler Bay. Roger Coriat, right, was elected councilman for Seat 3.
Tim Meerbott, left, was elected mayor of Cutler Bay. Roger Coriat, right, was elected councilman for Seat 3.

Cutler Bay has a new mayor. Tim Meerbott won Tuesday’s runoff definitively, taking 67.4 percent of votes cast. He will take over for current mayor and longtime councilwoman Peggy Bell, who has reached her term limit and could not run again.

Meerbott, 54, faced Javier Giraud in Tuesday’s runoff after failing to take the necessary 50 percent or more of the votes cast on Nov. 6. Meerbott is a former Cutler Bay councilman and a senior manager at Allstate Corp.

The runoff for Seat 3 was closer. Incumbent Roger Coriat, a history teacher at John A. Ferguson High School, beat his opponent, real estate agent Maggie Soriano, taking just over 56 percent of votes. Coriat has served on the council since 2014.

Voter turnout was low in this runoff election. Only 3,884 votes were cast in the mayor’s runoff, a little more than a quarter of votes cast in the Nov. 6 balloting. Ninety-nine voters who placed a vote for mayor did not vote in the runoff for Seat 3.

Throughout the election cycle, Cutler Bay voters and candidates alike said traffic was the main concern, especially along Old Cutler Road.

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