Councilwoman joins the race-for-mayor party in Doral

Sandra Ruiz
Sandra Ruiz

Doral Councilwoman Sandra Ruiz is running for mayor.

Ruiz released the news Thursday via the the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, even though local elections are nonpartisan.

She will be running against incumbent Luigi Boria and former longtime mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez.

“Although these races are nonpartisan, the candidates are not," said Juan Cuba, executive director of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

Doral has about 19,000 registered voters. About 30 percent of those voters are registered Democrats, according to the Miami-Dade County Department of Elections. Twenty-four percent of voters are Republican; 45 percent of Doral voters don't have a party affiliation.

Ruiz was not available for comment Thursday morning.

The councilwoman first served on the council in 2003 until 2010. She was reelected in 2012. This is her first time running for mayor.

This is not the first time the Miami-Dade Democratic Party has backed a local political candidate. In 2013, they supported Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter and Miami Beach Commissioner Micky Steinberg. In 2014, the party backed-up South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard and County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava.

The effort is part of their 2016 "Municipal Victory Project," where they hope to elect democrats into local office statewide.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.