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Florida Keys county commissioner resigns following his domestic violence arrest in Hialeah

a photo of monroe county commission candidate eddie martinez
Republican Eddie Martinez has 141 more votes than incumbent Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers.

Embattled Florida Keys county commissioner Eddie Martinez resigned from office Tuesday citing “health issues,” Monroe County announced in a press release.

His resignation comes a week after he was arrested at a Hialeah home on a domestic abuse charge. Police said he told them he struggles with prescription drugs.

Martinez, a Republican, was narrowly elected on Nov. 3, 2020, to the Monroe County Commission in an upset over incumbent Heather Carruthers, a Democrat. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his resignation.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

Gwen Filosa covers the Florida Keys for WLRN. She has been reporting from the island chain for over a decade, from Cuban landings and the workforce housing crisis, to the oddities and charms of the Keys.
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