Gay Candidates Headed To Runoffs In Miami-Dade Elections

Left: Photo via Michael Góngora for Mayor, Facebook. Right: Photo via Damian Pardo for City Commission D2, Facebook.

Two gay candidates advanced to runoffs in the Miami-Dade elections on Nov. 7.

Michael Góngora remains in the running for Miami Beach mayor, and Damian Pardo is one step closer to the District 2 seat on the City of Miami Commission.

“Today, we stand on the precipice of a truly transformative moment for our city, and it’s all because of the voters,” said Pardo, a financial adviser and longtime LGBTQ activist. “This election is a testament to the collective power of our shared vision for a better Miami where residents dictate Miami’s future, not City Hall’s special interests or commissioners who are bought and paid for.”

In an eight-candidate field, Pardo got 1,872 votes (26%) to finish second behind Sabina Covo, the incumbent commissioner who garnered 2,782 votes (39%).

If elected, Pardo would become the first gay man ever elected to the Miami commission. He has the endorsement of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Miami Herald.

Across Biscayne Bay — in a four-man field — Steven Meiner, Commissioner in Group 4, led the way with 4,094 votes (30%) to Gongora’s 3,854 votes (28%). The winner replaces outgoing Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, who is term-limited.

The runoff election for both races is set for Nov. 21.


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