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Miami's mayor-elect eases into new role on first day

MiamiHerald / Francis Suarez was walking out the front door of the Duffy’s Sports Grill at CocoWalk Wednesday afternoon when an older man stopped him and asked him a pretty standard question.

“He said, ‘Aren’t you the new mayor?’   ” Miami’s mayor-elect recalled. “And I said, ‘yeah,’   “

“Being called mayor is still very weird.”

Suarez, who took the mayor’s race Tuesday with 85 percent of the vote, grew up around City Hall as the son of a former mayor. The popular, two-term commissioner has had his own office in the building since 2009, and his election was all-but-guaranteed Tuesday after raising more than $3 million for a campaign that drew little opposition.

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