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Florida Politics: 83 local officials endorse Daniella Levine Cava for re-election as Miami-Dade Mayor

More than 125 current and former elected local leaders are now backing her campaign.
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Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava just gained 83 new supporters for her re-election effort.

All are current or former elected officials from cities across the county.

The endorsers join more than 40 other local leaders backing her bid to remain Miami-Dade’s top elected official for four more years.

“I am deeply honored to earn the endorsements of so many incredible local leaders,” Levine Cava said in a statement.

“Our intergovernmental partnerships are essential for delivering results to residents, families, and local businesses in communities across our county. Together, we will continue working tirelessly to build a stronger, more resilient, and future-ready Miami-Dade.”

Several officials shared statements Thursday to accompany their nods. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett called Levine Cava “a proven leader and dedicated partner.” He cited their not-always-collaborative work together after the June 2021 Champlain Towers condo collapse as evidence of her leadership “through both good and unthinkably trying times.”

“Mayor Levine Cava showed up every single day, providing our community with unmatched compassion, strength, and guidance through those dark days,” he said. “Her kindness and service to our residents and first responders will not be forgotten by the impacted families, my residents or me.”

Burkett in March unseated one of Levine Cava’s challengers, Sholmo Danizger. Danzinger last month rescinded a prior endorsement he gave to Levine Cava in September.

Miami Beach Vice Mayor Laura Dominguez called Levine Cava’s dedication to public service “unparalleled.”

“She understands the unique challenges facing Miami-Dade County and works to address our challenges with both compassion and proven results,” she said. “I am proud to endorse our Mayor in her re-election campaign and look forward to continuing to work alongside her to build a better future for our residents.”

Miami Gardens Council member Reggie Leon offered similar plaudits.

“Mayor Daniella’s dedication to Miami-Dade County and every city within it is truly remarkable. Her tireless efforts to improve our residents’ lives have helped lower crime, offer new solutions for affordable housing, and create a more equitable economy.”

Levine Cava, a Democrat, faces six challengers. Four are Republican: Danzinger, Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid, social media influencer Alex Otaola and actor Carlos Garín. Democrat Miguel “el Skipper” Quintero and no-party candidate Eddy Rojas are also running.

The race is technically nonpartisan, meaning all seven candidates will compete in the Aug. 20 Primary. If no candidate secures more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote-getters will square off in the Nov. 5 General Election.

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