Associated Builders & Contractors endorses Kevin Marino Cabrera for Miami-Dade Commission
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ABC joins several individuals who are backing Cabrera’s Miami-Dade Commission bid.

Republican government relations specialist Kevin Marino Cabrera’s campaign for the Miami-Dade County Commission gained its first organizational endorsement Tuesday when the Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida East Coast Chapter, threw its support his way.

Cabrera’s campaign announced the endorsement. In a statement, Cabrera thanked the group for “placing their trust and confidence” in him.

“I am committed to working at the County Commission to cut the county’s red tape and bureaucracy so we can better serve our residents and work with small and local businesses to create more jobs in our community,” he said.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has more than 22,000 commercial contractors and construction-related firms as members across almost 70 chapters nationwide. The nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics has designated the group a “heavy hitter” for its overall contributions to federal elections over the past two decades.

“We are thrilled to announce that we have selected to endorse you in the race for Miami-Dade Commissioner,” said Carol Bowen, vice president of governmental affairs for ABC Florida. “We seek to endorse the candidate whose philosophy is most friendly to ours of free markets and non-discrimination in public contracting and construction.”

ABC joins several individuals backing Cabrera’s Miami-Dade Commission bid, including former President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. María Elvira Salazar, Florida Chief Financial Officer, and Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis and state Rep. Daniel Perez, who is slated to become House Speaker in 2024.

Cabrera, 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.

He was Florida State Director for Trump and the Republican National Committee during the 2020 Election when he created and ran a voter-contact program that helped secure the state for Trump and deliver the highest level of registered Republicans in Florida history.

He has also served as an elected Council member of a Miami-Dade land-use zoning board.

Now a senior vice president for global public strategy firm Mercury, Cabrera is running to succeed Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa in District 6, which covers central Miami-Dade, including all or part of Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami, Miami Springs, Virginia Gardens, West Miami and portions of the county’s unincorporated area.

Sosa must leave office this year due to term limits voters approved in 2012.

Cabrera, who filed for the Miami-Dade Commission race on April 26, faces four opponents in the technically nonpartisan 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.

Cabrera collected $116,000 in April through his political committee, Dade First PC.

That one-month gain placed him second behind Lamas, who has been raising money since last March, in overall campaign fundraising for District 6.

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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