He fled with his family to Miami in 1959. Bolaños was 6.
The younger Bolaños studied in three primary public schools as his father, searching for work, moved the family around.
In his teenage years, Bolaños worked for tips at a gas station that employed his father.
After studying at what is now Miami Dade College, Bolaños earned a degree in political science at Florida International University. His rising professional career led him in 1999 to become Bellsouth’s regional director for the Hispanic market, a position he held until September 2006.
Bolaños was appointed to the school board in 2001, following the suspension of another school board member, and was elected in a subsequent special election in 2002. He ran unopposed in 2004 and resigned two years later to run for the Florida Senate.
He lost to Miami Sen. Alex Villalobos in the Republican primary.
Public records indicate that Bolaños had an income in 2011 of just over $84,000 and along with his wife has $600,000 in real estate assets: the house in which they live and two apartments they lease, all in Doral.
He works as director of the local branch of Peru’s Culinary Arts School at San Ignacio de Loyola University, which opened in Doral in 2008.
According to records, earns Bolaños $41,000 in that position.
Records also note that Bolaños earned $30,000 from consulting jobs for Leading Business Services, Inc., a corporation that his wife, Frances, started in 2006. However, this company was dissolved in September 2010.
Bolaños could not explain how that company could generate an income a year after being deactivated, saying only: “That company is deactivated and now my primary income is from San Ignacio.”
The institute was created in 2010 by former vice president of Peru, Raúl Diez Canseco.
Seven years before, Diez Canseco had been forced to resign from government amid a public scandal involving allegations he gave tax breaks to his father-in-law.
“In the end, he came out all right from that and now has a good reputation,” Bolaños said.
The rest of his income, just over $13,600, comes from consulting work for González and Sons Equipment, a Medley company that specializes in mechanical and civil engineering projects. After the Nov. 6 general election the company made a $500 contribution to one of the candidates heading to the run-off: Boria, who led the election with 41 percent of the vote versus Bolaños’ 29 percent.
“Businessmen sometimes support more than one candidate,” Bolaños said. Boria has said that he will return the check to González and Sons.