Election Brings Changes To Coral Gables’ Representation

The election is now over. Political mailers, robocalls, text messages, emails and social media posts are a thing of the past.

For Coral Gables, the representative landscape has almost entirely changed.

STATE SENATE

In perhaps one of the most highly contested races in the country, State Senate district 37, challenger Ileana Garcia holds a 20 vote lead over incumbent Jose Javier Rodriguez with 215,544 votes cast, going into an automatic recount.

Clarity does exist in the rest of the political picture for Coral Gables, and it was not a year that favored incumbents.

CONGRESS

In a Congressional race that few believed would end up being flipped, Republican Maria Elvira Salazar (51.37%) defeated Democrat Donna Shalala (48.63%), as a key pickup by Republicans in Congress. Salazar had also run against Shalala in 2018, where the result had been 51.8% to 45.8% to elect Shalala to Congress in retiring Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE

In State House district 112, Representative Nicholas Duran won re-election by a narrower margin than his 2018 victory. (2018: 57.55% to 42.45%. 2020: 53.01% to 46.99%).

State House of Representatives district 114, was an open seat vacated by Democrat Javier Fernandez who lost his bid for State Senator in west Miami-Dade. Republican Demi Busatta Cabrera (54.39%) defeated Jean-Pierre Bado (45.61%) to flip this seat to the Republicans.

COUNTY COMMISSION

With the term limits on Commissioner Xavier Suarez, two political veterans ran to fill his vacant seat. In another close election, former School Board Member Raquel Regalado (50.62%) defeated former Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner (49.38%). This race was decided by exactly 1,300 votes.

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4 thoughts on “Election Brings Changes To Coral Gables’ Representation

  1. With all due respect, maybe if all those countries are so much better than ours, he should move there. We need to respect the voters in this district.

  2. If you had ever seen Donna Shalala in person and her disdain and dismissive attitude toward the “little people” like table servers, you would know who she really is. She also gave the “green” lip service constantly, while she was selling a sensitive tract of land donated to UM to developers to build a Walmart and condos. Politicians like that need to go, no matter what their party affiliation.

  3. Congratulations to the winners and particularly to the Republican winners and supporters of God, Life and the free world.

  4. Except that you’re ignoring the facts. Maria was no more qualified to represent district 27 this election
    than she was in 2018. Her entire campaign was focused on Castro (who’s been dead at least 4 years) and equating communism to being socialist.
    To remind you, Canada is socialist, Ireland is socialist, so is the UK, as well as Europe being socialist. And as far as Cuba goes, they have health care for there people and a covid rate that
    is far below ours. So all Maria Salazar did in 2018 and 2020 was bitch off on communism and supporting the lying, psychopath, who won’t concede the election and makes up bull shy
    about having the election stolen because he lost.
    Where was Maria Salazar when children were separated from their parents, when DACA kids
    sanctuary, or when Puerto Rico needed help??
    Same With Carlos Gimenez a major Trump supporter. Gimenez killed Miami-Dade’s sancutary city for DACA kids. And what about Gimenez being
    the person behind the shady construction company to get the contract for the pedestrian bridge collapse at FIU???

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