MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) —
A Miami Beach mayoral candidate has been disqualified from the race for bouncing a check.
Joshua LaRose submitted the $1,360 qualifying check to the city earlier this month. The city learned last Friday that SunTrust Bank had returned the check because the 28-year-old candidate did not have enough funds in his account.
LaRose said Tuesday that he created the account a day before he submitted the check with a $500 cash deposit and then deposited an additional $2,000 in checks the next day. He said the bank held the last $2,000, causing his check to bounce.
LaRose said he will remain in the 2010 race for governor and the 2012 race for U.S. Senate as a Republican.