MIAMI – Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo was reelected on Tuesday night to continue representing District 3.
With 65% of the votes, the 66-year-old former Miami mayor and Doral city manager defeated Quinn Smith, Adriana Oliva, and Miguel Solima.
His victory comes amid a trail of scandals. Carollo led the effort to terminate Chief Art Acevedo after he wrote a memo to the mayor and the city manager accusing him of misconduct. Carollo denied the accusations.
In a $28 million lawsuit filed by the owners of Ball & Chain in Little Havana, attorneys characterize him as the villain who misused his position to punish their lack of support in 2017. Carollo attributed the conflict to alleged code enforcement violations.
Most recently, advocates of people who are experiencing homelessness in Miami criticized Carollo’s move to “criminalize poverty” by banning encampments in public property.
Carollo has been in office in Miami off and on since 1979. On Tuesday night, while celebrating his victory, Carollo made a promise.
“I have come up with a new concept that I have launched that we are going to start building next year that are low-income housing to own,” Carollo said.
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