What to Know
- Raquel Regalado, a member of the Miami-Dade School Board, confirmed she will run for mayor of Miami-Dade County.
- The daughter of Miami mayor Tomas Regalado will look to defeat current mayor Carlos Gimenez
Comes August 30th, another Regalado could be holding the title of mayor in South Florida. Raquel Regalado, a member of the Miami-Dade School Board and the daughter of Miami mayor Tomas Regalado, confirmed she will run for mayor of Miami-Dade County this year.
Regalado will file paperwork to run for the office on Tuesday, promising to resign from her position on the school board to do so. Regalado had announced her original intentions to run for the office in March 2015.
In a statement released, Raquel Regalado called out current Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez and believes it is time for a change.
"We cannot afford another four years of excuses and broken promises, the misspending of tax dollars, the pay-to-play politics and no-bid contracts for his family and friends," Regalado wrote. "I am running because gridlock traffic keeps our families apart and because there are not enough high-paying jobs to keep our college graduates home."
Regalado called on Gimenez to debate her on issues for the city. Gimenez had said he was waiting until the filing process begun before debating any potential opponent.
Gimenez was elected mayor in 2011 during a special election following the recall of former mayor Carlos Alvarez. Gimenez won reelection in 2012 with 54 percent of the vote.