Francis Suarez, the Republican mayor of Miami, has taken a definitive step towards his presidential aspirations with the official filing of paperwork required to launch his campaign, according to recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. While his chances are considered slim, this move signifies his formal entry into the race.

Suarez is set to deliver a speech on Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. During a recent appearance on Fox News, he hinted at “major announcement” in the coming weeks, stressing that his forthcoming remarks at the Reagan Library are of utmost significance to the American public.

As a Cuban American, Suarez currently holds his second term as mayor of Miami, the second most populous city in Florida. He has also served as the president of the bipartisan US Conference of Mayors until his recent departure.

As the first notable Hispanic contender in the Republican primary, Suarez faces a battle against heavyweights such as former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, both of whom boast substantial leads in polling.

Among other Republican candidates in the primary are former Vice President Mike Pence, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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