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Gay Miami Beach commissioner says he won't run for Richard Steinberg's Florida House seat

Michael Góngora, the openly gay Miami Beach city commissioner who had been mulling over a run for Florida House following the resignation of state Rep. Richard Steinberg over inappropiate text messages, told supporters Thursday that he's not running.

"[A]fter much soul searching and discussion with my family, I have decided that I want to continue representing the residents of the City of Miami Beach," Góngora wrote in an email newsletter.

Góngora's name had been floated in political circles as a possible candidate to become the first-ever openly gay lawmaker. Steinberg represented a solidly Democratic seat. But Góngora has also expressed interest in running for Miami Beach mayor in 2013.

For now, that leaves another Democratic Miami Beach commissioner, Jonah Wolfson, vying for Steinberg's post. Wolfson has already filed paperwork for the seat. 

Read Góngora's entire message to supporters after the jump.

Dear Friend and Neighbor, 

I want to thank you for the confidence you have instilled in me since I was first elected in 2006. Recently, many of you reached out to me to suggest that I would make an excellent member of the State of Florida House of Representatives and that I should run for the seat. As flattering as this was, after much soul searching and discussion with my family, I have decided that I want to continue representing the residents of the City of Miami Beach.

Since being elected, I created the City of Miami Beach Sustainability Committee which developed a Sustainability Plan making us green leaders in the State of Florida. More recently, Mayor Matti Herrera Bower appointed me to the City of Miami Beach Land Use and Development Committee where my colleagues elected me to serve as Chairman as well as our city’s representative on the Miami-Dade League of Cities. I am also using my legal skills and knowledge to help create a better system of code compliance in our city.

While seeing our city rebound from difficult economic times, my focus and priority right now is on maintaining the best quality of life in Miami Beach. Next year will see a change in leadership as our Mayor is term limited and members of the Commission move on to other ventures. Because of these coming changes, Miami Beach needs my leadership, dedication and legal skills to help ensure our continued success. I am ready for the challenge.

In closing, I sincerely appreciate your kind words and support and look forward to continuing our efforts for an even better Miami Beach!
 
 
Michael

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