In Miami’s District 5, which covers Miami Beach and crosses the causeway into Little Havana, two other candidates who had challenged Barreiro — neuropsychologist Calixto Garcia and retiree Carlos E. Munoz — were defeated..
In the District 9 race, 19-year incumbent Moss easily held off former Farm Bureau director Alice Pena to again represent South Miami-Dade. Moss collected about 10 times more money than Pena, who was also backed by Braman. Also in the race was concert promoter Darrin McGillis, and Loretta Riley.
Moss, who touted the recently completed South Dade Cultural Arts Center as one of his finest achievements, savaged the Braman-backed Pena with constant rants about her reliance on Braman, whose donation made up a large chunk of her campaign account.
Zapata, who made the runoff in the District 11 race, has had a steady political rise. He chaired the West Kendall Community Council for two years in the 1990s before losing a 2000 county commission race to Joe Martinez. He later captured the state House seat in 2002, which he held for eight years.
A registered Republican who considers himself a “social moderate,” Zapata helped create a Hispanic legislative caucus while in Tallahassee. He also worked on healthcare policy, chairing a 20-member task force that has proposed turning troubled Jackson Memorial from a public entity to a nonprofit governed by an independent board.
Born in Peru to Colombian parents and a Miami resident since age 11, Zapata is a partner in a local condo-management firm and works as a business development and public affairs consultant. He believes in term limits and increasing commissioner pay.
District 11 and its roughly 200,000 residents are primarily Hispanic and Anglo, living from the heart of Kendall and west to the neighborhoods of Country Walk, The Hammocks, Kendale Lakes and Lakes by the Meadow.
Miami Herald staff writers Patricia Mazzei, Daniel Ducassi, Stephanie Parra, Eileen Soler and Janey Tate contributed to this report.