Doral

Doral picks Boria as new mayor; first Venezuelan elected to run a city in Florida

 

pafshar@MiamiHerald.com

Doral voters on Tuesday picked Luigi Boria, an entrepreneur and ordained minister, as the city’s new mayor, in the process making him the first Venezuelan native elected to run a city in Florida.

Boria became only the second mayor to lead the relatively young city of Doral, besting former school board member Frank Bolaños with just under 55 percent of the vote.

Boria, a former councilman who resigned to run for mayor, succeeds Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, who is term-limited out.

“I would like to give thanks to God for this victory,” said a teary-eyed Boria, in Spanish, as he addressed his supporters following his win at a victory party, held in a strip-mall parking lot outside his Doral campaign headquarters on Northwest 58th Street and 107th Avenue.

“Now the city will shine all over the world,” he said.

Bolaños had edged out former Doral councilman Pete Cabrera to gain a spot in the run-off race against front-runner Boria.

Two council seats races were also decided with run-offs Tuesday: Sandra Ruiz beat Elena Ortega-Tauler in the Seat 1 race with just over 55 percent of the vote. Christi Fraga beat Robert Van Name to gain Seat 3, also with just over 55 percent of votes cast.

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