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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2019 4:15 am

Levine Cava has represented District 8 as County Commissioner for five years.

County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava announced her intent to run for Miami-Dade Mayor on Tuesday April 2. Current Mayor Carlos Gimenez cannot run again due to term limits.

“After five remarkable years with the County Commission, I’ve listened to thousands of people whose concerns range from climate change to potholes!” said Commissioner Cava reading from prepared remarks. “We need a County mayor who cares.”

Commissioner Cava was re-elected to her second Commission term in 2018 with 61 percent of the vote. She represents District 8 that includes Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, Homestead, sections of the Redland, Princeton, Naranja, Leisure City and parts of west Kendall.

During her work on the Commissioner, Daniella Cava has been associated with workplace housing issues and campaign finance caps.

“Affordability is the top issue in the County - for housing and for transportation costs,” Commissioner Cava said. “Living expenses need to be affordable to attract and retain talent as well as for senior citizens on a fixed income.”

“The state’s Sadowski Act (1992) provided funds for affordable housing trusts but has been raided over time for other purposes like hurricane recovery,” she said.

“We need to increase size of the pot overall to help and explore new ideas such as donating sweat equity in renovating older homes.”

“Under the County SMART plan for transportation the South Dade bus rapid transit system is due to break ground soon with an 18 to 24 month construction cycle,” Commissioner Cava said. “There should be news of the Kendall corridor this summer and the north corridor by September. Express bus services to augment the system should be operational in 2019 but much depends on legislative action.”

The mayoral race is a nonpartisan contest with a primary scheduled for August 25, 2020. If no candidate receives more than fifty percent of the vote, the candidates with the top two voting totals run against each other November 3 of 2020.

Commissioner Cava is the first elected official to declare candidacy for the office. Former County Commissioner Juan Zapata also has entered the race.

There is much speculation about other possible County Mayor candidates. Former County Mayor Alex Penelas is fundraising as is County Commissioner Esteban Bovo. Former Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera could run. Former Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez is a likely candidate. There is conjecture that former Congressman Carlos Curbelo is testing the water for the race.

Asked about running against so many men, Commissioner Cava said, “I think it’s terrific! I can direct the conversation and raise issues important to our County.”

The ‘resign to run’ rule applies to the race for Miami-Dade Mayor. Commissioner Cava must resign her Commission seat in May of 2020 to stay in the primary for County Mayor.

She explained her decision to seek the office. “It will be an open seat in 2020,” she said. “As a strong mayor system it has the ability to have a real impact. And it allows me to bring a focus on the needs of the County.”

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