‘Bold, fresh leadership’: Daniel Perez backs Kevin Marino Cabrera for Miami-Dade County Commission
Kevin Marino Cabrera dominates the money race.

‘Kevin is a fighter who will be a great partner and a strong advocate for the residents of Miami-Dade in Tallahassee.’

Miami Republican state Rep. Daniel Perez, a future Speaker of the House, has endorsed government relations specialist Kevin Marino Cabrera for the Miami-Dade County Commission seat representing District 6.

Cabrera’s campaign on Monday announced Perez’s endorsement, who in a statement said he is “proud to endorse” Cabrera.

“District 6 residents deserve bold, fresh leadership that will fight to tackle the problems that matter most — inflation and the cost of living, and housing affordability,” said Perez, who is on track to become Speaker in 2024. “Kevin is a fighter who will be a great partner and a strong advocate for the residents of Miami-Dade in Tallahassee.”

Cabrera, in turn, called Perez “a great advocate” for Miami.

“I look forward to working with him to find solutions to the challenges facing the residents of District 6, both at the local and state levels,” he said. “I want to thank him for his friendship and support.”

Perez joins several other high-profile members of the Florida GOP in backing Cabrera.

On May 6, former President Donald Trump threw his “Complete and Total” support behind Cabrera, who was Florida State Director for Trump and the Republican National Committee during the 2020 election. Cabrera’s work, which included the creation and guidance of a voter-contact program with more than 200 staffers, helped deliver the highest level of registered Republicans in Florida history, secured the state for Trump and paved the way for registered Republicans to outnumber Democrats for the first time in history.

Just days later, Florida Chief Operating Officer and Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said he was supporting Cabrera in the county race.

Last week, U.S. Rep. María Elvira Salazar announced her endorsement of Cabrera, whom she described as “a proven leader” who boasts “all the necessary private sector experience to fight” for District 6 residents.

Cabrera, who is married to Republican state Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera, has worked for numerous Republican bigwigs, including Trump, former Gov. Jeb Bush, former U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Florida Supreme Court Justice John Couriel.

A senior vice president for the global public strategy firm Mercury, Cabrera filed for the Miami-Dade Commission race on April 26. He has previously served as an elected Councilman on a Miami-Dade land-use zoning board.

Now he’s running to succeed fellow Republican Rebeca Sosa, who must leave office this year due to voter-approved term limits, on the 13-member County Commission.

“As we continue campaigning across the district, I look forward to earning the support and vote of my fellow residents,” he said.

District 6 covers a central portion of Miami-Dade, including part or all of the cities of Miami Springs, Virginia Gardens and West Miami; parts of Coral Gables, Hialeah and Miami; and some of the county’s unincorporated area. The district also contains Miami International Airport, one of the county’s top two economic engines, and a Miami golf course being redeveloped as a soccer stadium complex for the city’s Major League Soccer team, Inter Miami CF.

Cabrera faces four opponents in the technically nonpartisan Miami-Dade Commission contest: Republican entrepreneur Dariel Fernandez, who owns and operates a software development firm in Coral Gables; Coral Gables City Commissioner Jorge Fors Jr., who launched his campaign this month with an endorsement from Sosa; architect Orlando Lamas, who switched from campaigning for the Florida House to a county bid in March; and Democratic Miami Springs Councilman Victor Vázquez, a lifelong educator and Air Force veteran who filed to run May 10.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


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