Media pro Sabina Covo enters race for vacant Miami Commission seat, calls for creative, ‘all-encompassing’ solutions to city problems

One day after Miami Commissioners voted to hold a Special Election to fill a short-term vacancy on the City Commission, media veteran Sabina Covo says she will be on the ballot.

On Monday, the longtime journalist-turned-PR pro announced her bid to succeed Ken Russell in the District 2 seat, which spans Miami’s coast from Coconut Grove north through Brickell. Russell, who mounted an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year, left office early Dec. 29 in accordance with Florida’s resign-to-run law.

Covo, who worked for a year as the director of Hispanic media relations and communications at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services under former Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, is a Colombian-American former TV reporter and program host. Since late 2014, she has run her own public relations firm.

In announcing her candidacy, Covo cited her longtime residency in Miami and years covering issues at City Hall as evidence she’s properly attuned to the city’s and district’s needs.

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