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Once without a home, Monique Barley running for county mayor to push opportunities

Monique Nicole Barley, 37, aimed high when she followed the family tradition last year and signed up to run for office.

Fourteen months later, the candidate for Miami-Dade mayor sees no reason for experience to be a selling point in a county with one of the widest prosperity gaps in the nation.

“The candidates we have now, they had their opportunities to show the Black and Brown community what they could be doing,” said Barley, a law firm employee and the daughter of former state Representative Roy Hardemon. “But they don’t do it.”

One of six people on the Aug. 18 ballot, Barley and fellow first-time candidate Ludmilla Domond are the only Black candidates running in the Aug. 18 non-partisan primary to succeed term-limited Carlos Gimenez.

The other four candidates — former mayor Alex Penelas and commissioners Esteban “Steve” Bovo, Daniella Levine Cava and Xavier Suarez — had more than

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