They campaigned against Miami’s controversial former mayor. Now they support him.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:30:23 AM. Miami commission candidate Alfonso “Alfie” Leon hoped his former opponents would help his campaign now that he’s running head-to-head against former Mayor Joe Carollo. If anything, they’re doing the opposite.
In fighting his way into a Nov. 21 runoff election for Miami City Commission, Alfonso “Alfie” Leon emerged as a dark horse candidate and knocked off two heirs of the city’s political dynasties. But if he hopes to pull off a repeat upset against former Mayor Joe Carollo, he’ll have to do it without the help of his former opponents. Trailing Carollo by 600 votes after the general election, Leon’s campaign had hoped to get a boost from the five other candidates in the race who combined pulled nearly half the 6,000 ballots cast. But so far, no one has rushed to Leon’s aid. If anything, they’re doing the opposite. A Miami Herald query of the District 3 commission candidates who were eliminated Nov. 7 found that José Suárez and Alex Dominguez plan to vote for Carollo. Miguel Soliman declined to comment, but acknowledged that his mother recently participated in a campaign television commercial for the former mayor. Meanwhile, Zoraida Barreiro, who pulled 20 percent of the general election vote, has dodged calls and ignored texts from the Miami Herald, hanging up on a reporter Tuesday morning. Her husband, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, did not respond to a voice message. We’ve reached out. Many of them are taking time to reflect what happened last week. Alfie Leon “The other candidates, we’ve reached out,” Leon said. “Many of them are taking time to reflect on what happened last week.” Suárez and Dominguez said they wanted to support Leon, but were dismayed to learn...Read more
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