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Miami-Dade Commissioner Barreiro resigns to run for Congress

Florida?s newly amended resign-to-run law claimed its first casualty Saturday when Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro resigned his seat in order to run for Congress.

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In a letter to Miami-Dade?s supervisor of elections and its clerk of courts, Barreiro announced he was giving up the position he has held since 1998 as he prepares for an August primary to claim the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen . In an unexpected wrinkle, Barreiro said he was giving up his commission seat immediately.

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?As you know, [Friday] Governor Scott signed to reinstate the Resign to Run law, therefore, I hereby resign my office as Miami Dade County Commissioner for District 5 effective immediately,? Barreiro wrote.

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The newly amended state law requires elected officials holding local office to resign their positions in order to qualify to run for federal office should the terms of the two offices overlap. Barreiro?s resignation, however, didn?t have to be submitted for several more weeks. And even then, Barreiro didn?t have to actually give up his seat until his replacement would need to be sworn in, although under county procedure that could happen swiftly.

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