Carollo is married to a librarian, Monica, and they have a 2-year-old daughter, Briana. After his daughter was born, Carollo learned that many city restrooms lacked diaper-changing stations, so he raised money from the private sector to install them.
He has gained a reputation for questioning even the seemingly smallest details about the finances of city projects and management’s financial decisions. During his first public hearing on the 2010 budget, for example, he criticized expenses for paper and postage stamps.
This year he opposed a proposal to extend a lease contract for the would-be developers of Watson Island, whose project has been stalled for more than a decade, arguing that the contract should go back to voters in a new referendum.
The commissioner is under investigation by the county’s Ethics Commission. Last year, a local blogger filed a complaint against Carollo alleging abuse of power when the commissioner called the police chief after a traffic stop in Coconut Grove.
Domínguez was born in Boston to Argentinian parents who moved to Miami when he was 2. He studied finance and international business at Florida International University and received a master’s degree in business administration at Barry University. He is a realtor, like his father. He also works in sales for a pharmaceutical company.
He is married to a psychotherapist, Erika, and they have two children, Alejandro, 7, and Nina, 5. He has no relatives in politics, but last year he decided to run for state representative because he said he was fed up with “irresponsible government,” and also because he wanted to be a model for his children. He lost in the Democratic primary election.
“I lost by barely 600 votes,” he said. “It was a good experience and I believe it prepared me for what I am doing now.”
Domínguez has been knocking on doors in the district since February. Nearly every Saturday he talks to voters, whether in the district’s public housing projects for the elderly, like Robert King High, or with his own neighbors in The Roads.
One of Domiguez’s campaign promises is that he will not accept contributions from lobbyists. Until the end of September, when the latest finance reports were presented, Domínguez had raised $44,000, half of which came from his own pocket. Meanwhile, Carollo had raised about $233,000.
“If I begin to accept money from those lawyers, then I’ll become part of the problem I want to resolve,” Domínguez said.