By Meg Richards
Republican Mayor of Miami Francis Suarez announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race on June 14th. He is the only Latino GOP candidate. He identifies as Cuban-American.
His past political experience includes sitting on the Miami City Commission and a career as a prominent lawyer in Miami. His father, Xavier Suarez, was also mayor of Miami.
His top priorities include curbing the federal deficit and breaking the immigration log jam. He believes being the son of two Cuban immigrants makes him “credible” on the latter issue.
He has faced some scrutiny in his candidacy already from his second source of income, that being multiple payments of $10,000 in consulting fees he received from a real estate developer. While it is legal to have outside income as mayor, it must be disclosed to the public.
Ken Griffin, CEO of hedge-fund Citadel, is his top donor, with a $1 million dollar donation to his campaign. Griffin was a top donor to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last year.
Suarez has since suspended his 2024 presidential bid, according to The New York Times