Republican Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, 45, filed his official federal paperwork of his presidential campaign on Wednesday. He is scheduled to announce his bid for the 2024 presidential campaign on Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Library in California as the first Hispanic in the race.
He is the third candidate from Florida following former President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis.
Miami voters have twice elected Suarez. He is the son of the city’s first Cuban-born mayor.
Suarez has bragged about the Miami’s low crime rate and economic successes, but he has lately been dogged by news reports about a developer who hired him to allegedly secure permits for a stalled real estate project while simultaneously trying to win approval for a city project.
Suarez also could be hampered by his acknowledgement that he did not vote for Trump in either the 2016 or 2020 elections.
Suarez has also acknowledged he did not vote for DeSantis in 2018 but has stated he voted for DeSantis in 2022.
In May he said he was considering a run for the White House “because I think I can grow the tent — not for an election, but for a generation. I think it matters who is the communicator of ideas and how they communicate those ideas. You can look at my history and know that I’m someone who’s a unifier. You can look at my history and see that I’m someone who appreciates the nuances in a variety of different Hispanic cultures.”
Suarez has argued that Republicans in general have a “tremendous opening” in part because Trump supported rolling back policies the Obama administration had put in place for Cuba.
A PAC supporting is called SOS America. It said on Wednesday it was spending at least $100,000 on digital ads in New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada. The super PAC also hit President Joe Biden over law-and-order issues while noting that the crime rates in Miami have dropped.
“America needs conservative Mayor Francis Suarez for President,” said SOS America PAC spokesperson Chapin Fay in a statement. “As our nation faces anti-police and pro-crime Democrat leadership in cities across the nation like Baltimore, Portland and New York City, the achievements of first-generation American Mayor Suarez underscore the need for immediate nationwide adoption of his approach.”