Monday, January 24, 2011

Another Julio Robaina hints at run

Former State Rep. Julio Robaina (Rep., District 116) hinted Tuesday evening he could run for Miami-Dade County Commission.

And he did it on facebook.

Robaina posted a status update about 7 p.m. telling his 3,361 friends that he had met with a group of residents who wanted him to run. That's campaign code for "what do you all think?" He got a pretty good show of support: 60 thumbs up and 35 comments by midnight that were pretty much all encouragement.

Well, 34. Robaina (who termed out last year after he lost a Senate race against Miguel Diaz de la Portilla) himself clarified it would be in the seat now held by Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, who has been publicly debated as a potential candidate for the mayor's race and who told a group of Kendall homeowners last week he was taking it into serious consideration.

If he jumps, Gimenez would be going up against, among lesser-known candidates, another former State Rep. Marcelo Llorente and the other Julio Robaina, the mayor of Hialeah, who announced earlier this month he would run for the countywide title.

Who might go up against the other Julio Robaina for the District 7 seat, which includes South Miami, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Key Biscayne and parts of Miami. (Hint: Look at the sitting electeds there). Ladra expects it to be a crowded race, but very interesting.

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