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David Richardson returns double the petitions to qualify in Miami Beach

Former state lawmaker turned in more than 1,950 petitions.

Former state Rep. David Richardson has enough signatures to run for City Commission in Miami Beach.

The former Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday submitted more than 1,950 petitions to qualify him as a candidate in Group IV. That’s more than twice as many signatures as needed, he said.

“I am beyond humbled and proud of the early support we continue to receive in our campaign for city commissioner,” said Richardson.

Organizations like SAVE LGBTQ have helped Richardson’s campaign canvass the area. “Throughout his career, David has been a true Champion of Equality,” the group said of the openly gay politician.

Richardson said the effort to double the required number of signatures does more than cushion the campaign from having petitions tossed out. The effort helps establish a grassroots network that will assist his candidacy when he’s on the ballot in November.

“My team and I spent the summer knocking on doors to meet with neighbors and voters one-on-one to hear from them what their priorities are for our City,” Richardson said. “We have many challenges in our City, and a number of residents are rightfully looking for strong accountability in their local government.”

Richardson last year ran for Congress in Florida’s 27th Congressional District, but was defeated by now-U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala in the Democratic primary.

But now he’s interested in serving in one of Florida’s most important cities and believes his experience in the Capitol and professionally as an auditor will assist him in office.

“As a longtime forensic auditor, I will work hard to ensure we spend every dollar wisely and fully implement the voter-approved Inspector General so residents can continue to have full faith and trust in their government,” Richardson said.

“I am excited for the next 60 days as I campaign to earn the trust and vote of the community I love.”

Candidate qualifying runs from Sept. 3-6. Other candidates in Group IV include Adrian Gonzalez, Mohammed R. Islam and Blake Young.

Through July, Richardson led in fundraising, boasting $120,626 in contributions. Gonazlez, the next highest fundraiser, reported $40,955.

Written By

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at

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