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Two races for the Miami-Dade County Commission have come down to runoffs on Nov. 2. District 8 is an open seat, the first time that's happened in any commission race in six years. District 2, where the incumbent has an abysmal record, is another story.

District 8

This seat became open when Katy Sorenson opted to retire after 16 well-served years in office. Vying to replace her are Lynda Bell, 53, a property manager and former Homestead mayor; and Eugene Flinn, 48, a lawyer and Palmetto Bay mayor.

Both are strong candidates. Our choice is Mr. Flinn, who has also won Ms. Sorenson's support. She says, they ``share similar values and priorities.''

Mr. Flinn was a key figure in the incorporation of Palmetto Bay and well-suited to replace Ms. Sorenson. A fiscal conservative, he well understands the issues in the district and shares the anti-sprawl and sensible development positions that constituents support.

For Miami-Dade County Commission District 8 The Miami Herald recommends EUGENE FLINN.