Patient Ralph Rosado re-launches Miami commission bid

If good things truly come to those who wait, then Ralph Rosado Rosado campaign kick-offmay just be in luck.

Rosado announced recently that he was running for the Miami city commission seat now occupied by Commissioner Francis Suarez, who has not announced yet but is expected to run for mayor since he is termed out and can’t put it off again (more on that later). 

Rosado was going to run in 2013 but withdrew after Suarez abandoned the mayoral race in the face of a few campaign setbacks (most notably, two of his staffers were charged with absentee ballot fraud).

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“I have some exciting news to share — I am re-starting my campaign for City of Miami Rosado campaignCommissioner for District 4,” Rosado told supporters in an evite to his kick-off at Ball and Chain last week.

District 4 encompasses the neighborhoods of Shenandoah, Silver Bluff, Coral Gate, Golden Pines, West Little Havana, Flagami and Flagler Gardens. Did you know there was a neighborhood called Flagler Gardens? Neither did Ladra.

“As someone that was born and raised in the City, that learned in its schools and that played in its parks, I look forward to addressing the challenges ahead,” he said in his invitation.

Rosado campaignThe event was a hit, with a large turnout of supporters that included El Portal Mayor Claudia Cubillos, Bay Harbor Islands Mayor Jordan Leonard — and campaign groupies Mercy Sabina, Juan D’Arce and Barbie Rodriguez-Gimenez, daughter-in-law of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Rosado hasn’t filed any official paperwork, at least that you can see online on the city’s website. But neither has anyone else in that seat. Ladra expects there to be some competition, however. Four people had filed intention to run before Suarez abandoned the mayor’s race in 2013.