Vice Mayor Rodney Harris defeats State Rep. Sharon Pritchett in Miami Gardens mayoral race

Voters elect Rodney Harris as the new mayor of Miami Gardens.
Voters elect Rodney Harris as the new mayor of Miami Gardens. (WPLG)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami Gardens Vice Mayor Rodney Harris defeated State Rep. Sharon Pritchett Tuesday in the city’s mayoral race to replace current Mayor Oliver Gilbert.

Rodney, a non-partisan candidate, was born and raised in Miami-Dade County and has lived in Miami Gardens with his family for more than 20 years.

See below for live results as the ballots are counted on Election Night:

Candidate

Votes

%

Rodney Harris
28,34459%
Sharon Pritchett
19,79341%
100% of Precincts Reporting

(866 / 866)

Rodney previously worked as a senior juvenile probation officer for the state of Florida and served as a high school football coach for his alma mater, Miami Northwestern Senior High.

He was elected to serve as Councilman for Seat 3 in Miami Gardens in 2012 and was re-elected to a second term in 2016.

State Rep. Sharon Pritchett and Vice Mayor Rodney Harris are running for Miami Gardens' mayoral seat. (WPLG)

Pritchett, a Democrat, currently represents District 102, which spans from Miami Gardens to Pembroke Pines.

She was born in Miami and currently lives in Miami Gardens.

According to ballotpedia.org, Pritchett earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in administration of justice from St. Thomas University.

She previously worked as chief investigator for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office and as a city councilmember of Miami Gardens. She also served as secretary of the Women’s Democratic Club of Miami Gardens.

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