Confusion still reigns in Miami’s District 2 election

by David Smiley

Four days after suspending her campaign for Miami’s District 2 commission seat and throwing her support behind frontrunner Ken Russell, Teresa Sarnoff notified the city of Miami on Mondaythat she would withdraw from a Nov. 17 runoff election to finally decide a new commissioner representing downtown and Coconut Grove.

And yet, somehow, one of the strangest elections in the city’s history remained as confusing as ever, at least for one more day.

Instead of bringing closure to the election as expected, the office of Miami’s city attorney issued an opinion Monday that the city must hold a runoff election, that Sarnoff’s name must be on the ballot and that Miami’s city clerk likely cannot “accept a withdrawal at this stage of the electoral process.

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