Miami Beach

North Bay Village to choose mayor, at-large commissioner

Two seats on North Bay Village’s commission will be on the ballot this November.

Both Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps and Commissioner-at-Large Jorge Gonzalez will be defending their seats on the dais against challengers Jorge Brito and Mario Garcia, two well-known members of the community.

Harbor Island Commissioner Eddie Lim was automatically reelected after no one filed to run against him.

This is the first time Leon-Kreps has been challenged since she took office in 2010. She stepped into the role of mayor in 2011 when former mayor Corina Esquijarosa resigned from office. Leon-Kreps was re-elected in 2012 in an uncontested race.

Her challenger, Jorge Brito serves on the board of the village’s Kennedy House Condo Association and is a retired Miami-Dade Police detective.

Gonzalez was elected as commissioner-at-large in 2012 and is the president of the 360 Condominium Association in the village. He has also served on the Charter Review board and the Planning and Zoning board.

This is the second time Gonzalez and Garcia face off for this seat. Last election cycle, Garcia withdrew from the race shortly before election day. His name still appeared on the ballot, and he won 52 percent of the vote compared to Gonzalez’s 48 percent.

The mayor and commissioner-at-large serve two year terms. The mayor and commissioners are paid an annual salary of $7,800 and $6,300 a year respectively. The candidates will be on North Bay Village residents’ ballots on Nov. 4.