MIAMI — Mayor Xavier Suarez won a convincing victory Tuesday over Maurice Ferre, the man he unseated two years ago, and said his reelection in the hotly contested runoff was a "mandate for serenity."
With all 86 precincts and absentee ballots counted, Suarez had 29,826 votes, or 62.1%, and Ferre had 18,173, or 37.9%.
"I think we have a mandate for serenity in city affairs," said Suarez, 38, a Harvard-educated lawyer.
'Have Come Together'
"The white Americans, black Americans and Hispanic Americans have come together and said this is the kind of government we want--the kind of government progressive cities all over the country are getting."
As a crowd of supporters chanted "Viva Ferre," the former mayor made his concession speech, saying the loss "was not as painful as two years ago because this was a campaign in which not one negative incident occurred. There was not one dirty trick."