Published on Saturday, April 18, 2015
BY THEO KARANTSALIS
FOR THE MIAMI HERALD
Defeated Miami Springs mayoral candidate Fernando “Fred” Suco sued the city on Friday, challenging its election process.
Suco, a local tavern owner, lost in the April 7 election to incumbent Zavier Garcia, a media company owner, who garnered 55.93 percent of the vote.
A complaint filed weeks ago by Suco alleged a violation of state election law against Garcia “regarding the manner in which petition signatures are collected by a candidate seeking to qualify for the ballot,” states a Miami-Dade Ethics Commission report dated April 6.
The report cited a “conflict” between state law and the city charter and concluded that a candidate “wishing to challenge the process in question” could do so with a lawsuit.
Suco’s listed attorney did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
“I cannot comment as I have not seen the complaint,” Miami Springs City Attorney Jan Seiden said Saturday morning.
Miami Springs has a population of about 14,000. Of the city’s 8,385 registered voters, 2,902 (or 34.61 percent) cast ballots, according to election officials.
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Photo: Before the April 7 election: challenger Fernando “Fred” Suco, left, and incumbent Mayor Zavier Garcia. (THEO KARANTSALIS FOR THE MIAMI HERALD)