Key Biscayne mayoral candidate Joe Rasco got a boost in the 3-way race this weekend receiving the formal endorsement of current mayor, Mike Davey.
“He is someone I turn to for advice and help,” said Davey in a statement. He praised Rasco, a former mayor and council member, for his work in purchasing the Village Green and building the island’s Community Center.
Davey said Rasco’s most recent position with Miami-Dade County brings “positive relationships” for future work on the Rickenbacker Causeway. Rasco has been the director of the county’s Intergovernmental Affairs office, which coordinates lobbying efforts and manages contacts with federal and state elected officials.
The endorsement could be significant, coming just days before many island voters will receive their mail-in ballots. Davey is the village’s most visible spokesperson and was unopposed for his re-election in 2020. Earlier in the year, Davey said he was pleased that Vice Mayor Brett Moss dropped his bid for mayor and decided to serve out the remainder of his second term on the Village Council.
“I am grateful for Mayor Davey’s endorsement and vote of confidence. Mike has guided the Village through some of its greatest challenges, most notably, the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of Plan Z,” Rasco said in a statement. “I will continue to build on this legacy.”
Rasco faces former Council Member Katie Petros and Fausto Gomez, a former lobbyist and condominium leader.
Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.