Miami Lakes elected two new members, Jeffrey Rodriguez and Carlos Alvarez, Tuesday night on a ballot on which no incumbents sought re-election. Voters also passed a charter amendment involving town elections.
Winning in the Seat 2 race was Jeffrey Rodriguez, 35, an attorney who has served on the town’s Economic Development Committee and the Planning and Zoning Board. He won more than 55 percent of over 10,800 votes.
His only opponent was Xiomara Pazos, owner of Professional Medical Transportation, a Hialeah-based non-emergency transportation service. This is the third time that Pazos, 61, ran for a council seat, but lost.
Rodriguez will replace Tim Daubert, who had served the maximum of two terms.
In the Seat 6 election, the winner was Carlos Alvarez, principal of the City of Hialeah Education Academy, a charter school. Alvarez, 41, won more than 63 percent of over 11,000 votes.
His only opponent was Esther Colon, 65, a longtime government worker — for Sweetwater, Miami Springs, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea — who is now retired. Colon unsuccessfully ran for the Town Council two years ago.
Alvarez replaces Ceasar Mestre, who had also reached his term limit of eight years.
The two winners will be sworn in along with Joshua Dieguez, the only candidate who filed to run for Seat 4 and was automatically elected. He replaces Frank Mingo, who chose to run for the state House in District 103 rather than seek re-election.
None of the candidates had previously served on the Town Council.
Voters also passed a charter amendment that changes how the town can fill a vacancy on the council when more than six months remain in an unexpired term. Miami Lakes will now be able to fill a vacancy during the next town election rather than tying it to a county election. More than 64 percent of the 11,000 residents supported the measure.