South Florida AFL-CIO endorses Daniella Levine Cava as Mario Diaz-Balart backs Steve Bovo
Daniela Levine Cava and Steve Bovo are trying to squeeze every non-partisan vote in the mhomestretch.

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The two qualified for a runoff during the Aug. 18 primary.

The two remaining candidates for Miami-Dade County Mayor each gathered new endorsements Monday as they campaign ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

The South Florida AFL-CIO endorsed Daniella Levine Cava Monday morning. Later in the day, Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart announced he was backing Esteban “Steve” Bovo.

“Throughout her tenure as Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Daniella tirelessly fought to improve quality of life for workers, including advocating for a $15 minimum wage, access to quality health care, sick days, family medical leave, and rights for low-wage workers,” said South Florida AFL-CIO President Jeffrey Mitchell.

“We believe that Daniella is the only candidate in this race that can change the dynamics in Miami-Dade County from a corporate-driven agenda to a worker-driven agenda.”

The endorsements further cement the candidates’ respective lanes in the nonpartisan contest. Levine Cava has run as a progressive, earning several labor endorsements.

“Miami-Dade County leadership has failed this community for far too long and the impact of the pandemic has only further highlighted the inequities and the frailty of our social and economic constructs,” Mitchell added.

“If we are really serious about solidifying our position as a global destination for investment, trade, and tourism, we need an innovative and inclusive leader who will work to provide Miami-Dade County residents with access to resources and equitable opportunities for all, not just to the highest bidder. That leader is Daniella Levine-Cava.”

Bovo, meanwhile, has positioned himself as the conservative option in the contest.

I want to congratulate my friend, Commissioner [Bovo], on his first-round victory Tuesday night,” Díaz-Balart said in a statement Monday.

“I look forward to his win in November and continuing to bring forth transportation innovations to our county.”

Díaz-Balart serves as the Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. Bovo, meanwhile, backed expanded rail travel during his time on the County Commission.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected].

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