MIAMI (WSVN) - Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid has officially declared his candidacy for the highest office in Miami-Dade County, setting the stage for what promises to be a competitive race for the mayoral seat.

The announcement was made on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Building Department located at 11805 SW 26th St. where Mayor Cid will be joined by members of the community and the media.

Cid, a 39-year-old Republican, made the announcement with a strong emphasis on bringing together the county’s small business owners and working-class voters. At the heart of his campaign is a commitment to addressing the pressing issue of affordable housing in Miami-Dade County. Cid intends to establish a county-level office dedicated to finding solutions to the shortage of affordable housing.

“We’re going to make sure we utilize the county and our resources to work with the private sector to make sure that we mitigate those expenses for young families here in our community,” Cid stated. “As we move forward in this campaign, I think you’re going to see a team of insurance experts come forward to step up to the plate.”

Cid’s political journey began in 2012 when he was elected to the Miami Lakes Council and he ascended to the role of Vice-Mayor in August 2013. In November 2016, he secured the position of Mayor in the Town of Miami Lakes, and in November 2020, Mayor Cid achieved a historic milestone by winning re-election unopposed, becoming the first Mayor in Miami Lakes history to do so.

Cid’s entry into the race positions him as a potential challenger to incumbent Democrat Daniella Levine Cava, who currently holds the office of Miami-Dade County Mayor. Alexander Otaola and Miguel “el Skipper” Quintero have also entered the race and all four are all expected to face off next August, with the general election scheduled for November 2024.

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