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Gimenez a no-show at mayoral forum but says he will debate (sure he will ...)

Miami-Dade county mayoral candidates, (from left) Frederick Bryant, B.J. Chiszar, Farid Khavari, Raquel Regalado, and Alfred Santamaria participate in a debate on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Current Mayor Carlos Gimenez did not show up. The League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, along with the YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Women's Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County and The Women's Fund Miami-Dade, hosted the 2016 Miami-Dade County Mayoral Debate. PATRICK FARRELL

"Gimenez was a no-show at a Wednesday night forum held by a coalition of women’s civic and business groups and moderated by South Florida media company WLRN. But despite his absence, Gimenez’s performance as mayor since his election in 2011 played center stage as his challengers railed on all the ways they said he’d failed as the county’s chief administrator.
Youth violence? A Zika cluster in Wynwood? Traffic congestion?
Gimenez’s opponents laid the blame at the mayor’s feet.
“He’s not here. He’s not addressing the concerns of our community,” former congressional staffer Alfred Santamaria told a packed house at the YWCA headquarters in Overtown. “That’s the same thing that happens at the county level.” ...
"Voters will choose a new mayor on Aug. 30. If any candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, he or she is Miami-Dade’s mayor. If not, a run-off election between the top two vote-getters will be held in November."


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