Jorge Fors campaign reports $368,000 raised for Miami-Dade County commission bid
Coral Gables City Commissioner Jorge Fors says his campaign raised more than $234,000 last month for his bid for the Miami-Dade County Commission seat representing District 6.
May’s transport, combined with earlier holdings in its campaign account and political committee, brings his total war chest to $368,000. Fors attributed his gains to an “outpouring of support” from his community.
“We’ve seen support not just financially, as our numbers suggest, but also through word of mouth, talking about our campaign and offering to go vote,” he said.
Fors entered the county commission race on May 5 with the endorsement of the current commissioner of District 6 Rebecca Sosawho is due to step down in November due to duration limits.
Sosa was one of 17 current and former Miami-Dade elected officials to host a May 25 fundraiser to benefit Fors’ campaign in Renaissance Ballroom In Miami.
Also organizing the event: the mayor of Miami Springs Maria Puente Mitchellmiami city commissioner Manolo ReyesVice Mayor of Coral Gables mike menaVice Mayor of Miami Lakes jeffrey rodriguezCoral Gables City Commissioners Rhonda Anderson and Kirk MendezWest Miami City Commissioners Luciano Suarez and Ivan Chávez Jr.Miami Lakes Councilman Josh DieguezCouncilor Hialeah Jesus Tundidorformer lieutenant governor. Carlos Lopez Canteraformer Mayors of Coral Gables Jim Casson and Dorothee Thompsonand former Commissioners of Coral Gables Bill Kerdik, Frank Quesada and Flea Tourniquet.
Fors expects this group to represent only a portion of notable figures and organizations to support his campaign this year. They are proof, he said, of a homegrown support base that his opponents simply cannot match.
So far, that assessment seems accurate. But while Fors’ closest fundraising adversary, the government relations specialist Kevin Marino Cabrerahas yet to draw nods from city and county officials, its endorsers have arguably made up for that name value deficit.
Cabrera, a councilman once elected to a Miami-Dade zoning board, has received six endorsements so far. They came from the former president donald trumpUS representative. Maria Elvira SalazarFlorida COO Jimmy Patronisfuture President of Florida House Daniel Perezrepresentative of Miami-Dade. Anthony Rodriguez and the Associate Builders and Contractors, Florida East Coast Chapter.
Still, there is no substitute for local support in a local race, argued Fors.
“Besides the public service experience, my base of support is largely made up of local leaders and hometown residents, while much of his support comes from further upstate,” he said. he declared. “I also haven’t really defined myself or my career in the political sphere. I am a hardworking, family man, serving rather than someone who has made a career out of politics and government relations.
Fors said there was no inciting incident that prompted him to run for public office three years ago. He has just realized that he wants his daughters to see him as more than a good father, husband and lawyer.
“It was looking at my little girls and asking myself the question, ‘When they hear about me or think of me years from now, will they know me as someone who just cared about earning the money to live and support his family, or I want them to see me as someone who came off the sidelines and actually sacrificed time, effort, blood, sweat and tears trying to secure a better future for our community?” he said.
Competing with Fors and Cabrera, other Republicans Dariel Fernandezan asset an asset and honored member of the board of directors of South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerceas well as the husband of Coral Gables, assistant director of the community recreation department Caroline Vester; and architect Orlando Llamaswho in march quit campaigning for Florida House to a county bid.
Miami Springs Democratic Councilor Víctor Vazqueza longtime educator and Air Force veteran, also participates in the (technically) nonpartisan contest.
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 part of the unincorporated area of the county. The district also contains Miami International Airportone of the county’s two main economic engines, and a Miami golf course being redeveloped into a football stadium complex for the city’s Major League Soccer team, Inter Miami CF.
Candidates face the Friday deadline for reporting all campaign fundraising through May 31.