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Digna Cabral wins runoff election to become next Doral council member

Digna Cabral during a visit to the Miami Herald editorial board on July 13, 2018.
Digna Cabral during a visit to the Miami Herald editorial board on July 13, 2018. mocner@miamiherald.com

Voters in Doral elected Digna Cabral, a 41-year-old University of Miami researcher, as their council member for Seat Four in a runoff election Tuesday. The runoff was called after no Seat Four candidate took 50 percent or more of votes on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

In the runoff, Cabral won 63.6 percent of total votes to beat Belinda Leon, a 48-year-old education consultant.

Just 2,651 of more than 25,000 eligible voters cast ballots in the runoff.

Seat Four was vacated by Ana Maria Rodriguez, who left to run for state House District 105. Rodriguez won her election.

Cabral, a research analyst for the University of Miami’s Department of Neurology, ran against Councilwoman Christi Fraga in 2016 and lost. In 2018, Cabral raised the most money of any candidate for Doral City Council, around $25,000.

Cabral was president of her homeowners association, a board member of the community development district of her housing community, president of her parent teacher association, a working member of the family/community engagement committee for Florida PTA and a Sunday school teacher.

Cabral wants more free trolleys during peak traffic hours and better synchronization of traffic lights.

Miami Herald staff writer Alex Harris contributed to this report.
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