One day after the two appeared together at a climate change town hall, Democratic state Sen. José Javier Rodríguez announced his support for Daniella Levine Cava in the 2020 contest for Miami-Dade County Mayor.
“Daniella has worked her whole career to expand opportunity for everyone in her community,” Rodríguez said in a statement announcing his endorsement.
“I first met her when I was a legal aid lawyer and back then I knew her as the leader and inspiration behind her community-building nonprofit Catalyst Miami. Her time as county commissioner has been no different and I am confident that as Mayor she will work tirelessly for the right causes.”
“It is an absolute joy to have State Senator José Javier Rodríguez support our race for county mayor,” Levine Cava said in response to the endorsement.
“The Senator has been a friend, ally and a champion helping to advocate for our community. I look forward to continuing working with him to bring about the necessary change needed to resolve our greatest challenges.”
Levine Cava is attempting to round up support as former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas ramps up his bid to get his old job back.
But in October, Penelas made his candidacy official. He then blew the field out of the water in his first month as a declared candidate, pulling in more than $850,000.
Levine Cava collected nearly $100,000 for the month. That was enough to edge out fellow County Commissioner Esteban Bovo for second place. Bovo pulled in more than $93,000. But no candidate was able to get near Penelas’ count.
Current County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez is term-limited, setting up an open contest in 2020.
Other candidates competing to replace Giménez are entrepreneur Monique Nicole Barley, current County Commissioners Jean Monestime and Xavier Suarez, former Miami mayoral candidate Robert Burke, and former County Commissioner Juan Zapata.