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Solar energy champion Stoddard facing former mayor Feliu in South Miami

MiamiHerald / After coming within 200 votes of losing his seat two years ago, Philip Stoddard , South Miami mayor and solar energy champion, will once again face off against his predecessor in next week’s election.

Stoddard — known for his commitment to solar energy and feuds with Florida Power and Light — has beat former mayor Horace Feliu several times since defeating the incumbent in 2010. After his narrow victory in the last election, however, winning a two-year term on Tuesday may require more than a strong record as an advocate for the environment .

His opponent, Feliu, is an adjunct algebra and biology professor at Fortis College and the president of SterilQuip, a biomedical engineering company, who served as mayor from 2002 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2010.

Stoddard, who teaches biology at Florida International University, made his political debut in 2010. He was upset at then-Mayor Feliu’s endorsement of FPL’s plans for a nuclear power plant nearby, and his acceptance of $1,250 in campaign contributions from FPL officials after voicing his support. Feliu said he has not accepted any such donations this time around.

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