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Gimenez installed as new Miami-Dade mayor

MIAMI — Carlos Gimenez was sworn in as Miami-Dade’s new mayor in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Gimenez, a former county commissioner, bested former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina in a runoff election last week. They were the top two vote-getters in a crowded field of 11 candidates vying to replace Mayor Carlos Alvarez, who was ousted in a March recall. Former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell was among the other candidates in the May 24 special election. He finished fourth, behind former state Rep. Marcelo Llorente.

With more than 2.5 million people, Miami-Dade County is the most populous area ever to recall a local official.

After serving out the current mayoral term, Mr. Gimenez will have to run for re-election in 2012 to keep the job.

ILLINOIS

Veteran Duckworth says she will run for Congress

CHICAGO — Iraq war veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth says she is running for Congress.

The Democrat announced Wednesday that she will file paperwork to run in the newly drawn 8th Congressional District in Chicago’s western suburbs. The district has no incumbent.

Spokesman Pete Giangreco said the 43-year-old Army veteran would file the paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday or Thursday.

Miss Duckworth lost both her legs in a rocket-propelled grenade attack while serving in Iraq. She ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006 in another district. Parts of that old district are included in the new 8th District and are areas Mr. Giangreco says she won last time.

Another Democrat, Raja Krishnamoorthi, also has formed an exploratory committee.

NEVADA

State court upholds House election ruling

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court says state Republican and Democratic Party leaders can choose their candidate to run for the state’s open U.S. House seat.

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