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Black incumbents win; Ighodaro, Burns headed for runoff'

Erick Johnson | 8/27/2014, 11:02 a.m.
After months of listening to campaign speeches and attending political forums, Blacks in Miami-Dade County headed to the polls to ...

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Congressman Alcee Hastings, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime and Miami Gardens councilwoman Lisa Davis were among the winners in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Crist now faces Gov. Rick Scott in the general elections Nov. 4.

Miami Gardens councilman Erhabor Ighodaro faces a runoff election against challenger Andre Williams, who took 41 percent of the vote in the race for Seat 6. For North Miami Mayor, Dr. Smith Joseph will face two-time Mayor Kevin Burns in a runoff in November. Burns took 45 percent of the vote to Joseph’s 38 percent.

To avoid a runoff, both municipalities require a 50 plus one margin to win seats outright.

State Rep. Daphne Campbell (D-108), State Rep. Barbara Watson (D-107) and State Sen. Oscar Braynon II (D-36) all won easily in their primary races. Judge Rodney Smith was re-elected to the 11th Circuit Court after he easily defeated Christian Carrazana by taking 63 percent of the vote.

Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston lost to George Sheldon in his bid to become Florida’s first Black attorney general. Sheldon will face his Republican opponent, incumbent Pam Bondi in November.

Voters also approved SkyRise Miami, 1,000-foot observation tower near Bayside Marketplace downtown. The hairpin-shaped tower would include an amusement-park style ride, a 550-foot bungee jump, a ballroom, moving movie theater and a nightclub.

For more election results, go to http://www.miamidade.gov/elections.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly named Dorrin Rolle, who was once held the county commissioner seat for District Two, as a winner for the elected position against incumbent Jean Monestime. Monestime won the most votes in the Aug. 23 primary elections. We offer our sincerest apologies.