As special election campaign begins in Miami’s coastal neighborhoods, four file early

The special election to fill the Miami City Commission’s vacant District 2 seat has drawn four candidates after the first day of qualifying.

On Sunday, commissioners called a special election for Feb. 27 for voters in neighborhoods stretching from Coconut Grove north through Morningside to select their next representative on the five-member City Commission. The seat was recently vacated by Ken Russell, who resigned Dec. 29. By the end of the day Monday, four people had submitted paperwork to run. Interested candidates have until 6 p.m. Friday to enter the race.

Among them is Sabina Covo, a former Spanish-language television journalist who most recently worked as the director of Hispanic media relations for former state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. Covo is a Colombian American and mother of three who has lived in Miami for more than two decades.

“Miami deserves a representative who will work to enhance our community,” said Covo, in a statement. “I have lived in Brickell, Edgewater, Coconut Grove, and Downtown. I have reported on City Hall issues for over 15 years and I can see why it’s time for a trusted voice to represent the residents of District 2. I’ve seen and personally experienced the issues facing our community: public safety, access to resources and a lack of affordable housing.”

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