In that race, it is highly likely that one of the two finalists will be Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina.
The Hialeah real estate mogul -- who disclosed his net worth at more than $8 million -- has led in the polls since November, even after damaging headlines about his ties to a convicted Ponzi schemer and IRS investigations into his activities as a freelance banker who makes big loans to good friends.
Robaina also leads the money race, and will probably end up with more than a million dollars between his campaign coffers and a political action committee chaired by the executive director of the Hialeah Housing Authority, a close friend who serves at the discretion of the mayor.
And until the day before the election, Robaina will continue to be the mayor of Hialeah, the second-largest city in the county and on May 24, the center of its political universe. Hialeah’s voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the election, in large part because they’ll be turning out in droves.