Coral Gables voters have elected Gables Insider’s Editor, Ariel Fernandez, to the Coral Gables City Commission.
With 6,833 ballots cast in the April 11th election, Fernandez defeated Alex Bucelo 58.12% to 41.88%.
In a statement to the press, Fernandez stated, “I am humbled by the responsibility placed upon me by our residents. I look forward to making residents the priority once again. Residents sent a historic message, they want a Commissioner who is unbought and unbossed and beholden only to them.”
Fernandez will replace Vice Mayor Michael Mena who is vacating the seat after six years on the Commission.
Group IV Runoff
In Group IV, with no candidate having received a 50% +1 majority, Ivette Arango O’Doski and Melissa Castro will head to a runoff.
In the four candidate race, Arango O’Doski received 47.26% of the vote, Castro received 39.43%, Sean Patrick McGrover received a 6.66% and Jackson Rip Holmes received one less vote than McGrover for 6.65%,
The runoff will take place on Tuesday, April 25th.