Voters Guide

Meet the candidates in Miami’s Nov. 7 election

Tribune News Service

There may not be many voters who show up to the polls Tuesday in what is likely to be a low-turnout election, but those who do will have a lot to decide. Fourteen candidates are running for mayor and two city commission seats representing Little Havana, Shenandoah and The Roads (District 3) and Flagami and Coral Way (District 4). A $400 million general obligation bond, new lease for Monty’s Raw Bar and marina and charter amendments ensuring a more independent auditor’s office are also on the ballot.


Williams Armbrister

Age: 65

Occupation: Retired FPL employee

Education: Refused to provide or discuss

Issues: Affordable housing, ethics


Christian Canache

Age: 41

Occupation: Business consultant with aviation firm Andros Consulting International

Education: Took courses at University of Miami; says he studied at Colegio los Arcos and Universidad Santa Maria in Venezuela*

Issues: Transportation, public safety, healthcare, education

Christian Canache

Cynthia Jaquith

Age: 70

Occupation: Retail sales associate

Education: B.A. from Barnard College**

Issues: Amnesty for all immigrants, prosecute corrupt police, uphold the working class

Cynthia Mason Jaquith

Francis Suarez

Age: 40

Occupation: Transactional attorney, of counsel at Carlton Fields

Education: J.D. from the University of Florida

Issues: Transportation, affordability, public safety

Francis Suarez Roberto Koltun


Zoraida Barreiro

Age: 49

Occupation: Vice president of Fatima Home Care

Education: B.A. in Business Administration from Florida International University

Issues: Public safety, affordability, senior services

Zoraida Barreiro Miami

Joe Carollo

Age: 62

Occupation: Political consultant, former county police officer

Education: B.A. International Relations from Florida International University

Issues: Affordability, ending red light cameras, fiscal management

Joe Carollo Roberto Koltun

Alex Dominguez

Age: 48

Occupation: Senior sales specialist with Teva Pharmaceuticals

Education: M.B.A. Public Administration from Barry University

Issues: Living wage, police reform, strong mayor

Alex Dominguez MATIAS J. OCNER

Alfonso “Alfie” Leon

Age: 32

Occupation: Attorney

Education: J.D. Florida International University

Issues: Cost of living, traffic, expand parks

Alfie Leon
Alfonso “Alfie” Leon

Tomas N. “Tommy” Regalado

Age: 44

Occupation: Journalist with TV and Radio Marti

Education: Diploma from Coral Gables High Adult Education Center; certificates of proficiency in TV journalism and script writing for radio and TV from University of Miami School of Continuing Studies Koubek Memorial Center.

Issues: Preserving East Little Havana, no tax increases, affordable housing

Tommy Regalado
Tomas N. “Tommy” Regalado Roberto Koltun

Miguel Soliman

Age: 55

Occupation: Owner of Soliman Structures Inc. and certified general contractor

Education: Associates from Garces Commercial College***

Issues: Flagler Street reconstruction, crime, small business incentives

Miguel Soliman
Miguel Soliman

José Suárez

Age: 42

Occupation: Communications director for SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East

Education: B.A. from St. Thomas University

Issues: Affordable housing, expanding parks, clean streets

Jose Suarez
Jose Suarez


Denise Galvez Turros

Age: 42

Occupation: President of Go To Marketing Inc.

Education: B.A. in mass communications from FIU****

Issues: Technological upgrades for the city, crime, affordable housing

Denise Galvez Turros

Manuel “Manolo” Reyes

Age: 73

Occupation: Teacher at Westland Hialeah Senior High

Education: M.S. University of Florida

Issues: Public safety, sanitation, streets and sidewalks

Manolo Reyes
Manuel “Manolo” Reyes Gaston DeCardenas El Nuevo Herald

Ralph Rosado

Age: 45

Occupation: President of Rosado & Associates, an urban planning consulting firm

Education: PhD in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania

Issues: Crime, traffic, jobs, transparency


*Attempts to confirm Canache’s higher education in Venezuela were unsuccessful

**Barnard College does not confirm diplomas. Attempts to confirm the degree with the National Student Clearinghouse have not yet been successful.

***Garces Commercial College no longer exists

****Florida International University confirmed Galvez Turros’ attendance but has no record of her degree. Galvez Turros says this is due to an outstanding and disputed debt, which the school would neither confirm nor deny.