Hialeah's Julio Robaina In Front For County Mayor, But Scandals Could Derail His Ambition

In this week's metro story, New Times explores Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina's chances to succeed his Miami-Dade County counterpart Carlos Alvarez. Talk about who will follow Alvarez has grown louder with a recall election against the county mayor to take place later this year. County Commissioners Carlos Gimenez and Joe Martinez.

The former city council president has the ingredients to run a winning campaign from controlling the voter base in Miami-Dade's most populous Cuban American city to being one of the most prolific fundraisers in the Republican Party. But several scandals under Robaina's watch could severely damage his shot at a higher office.

Read more about Robaina's political aspirations in tomorrow's online edition of Miami New Times metro.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.