Politics

Mom who led Doral hunger strike to run for city council

The mom who went on a hunger strike two years ago in support of education funding is running for office in Doral.

Bibiana Salmon, a 52-year-old political novice, has thrown her hat in the ring for Doral City Council.

“I’ve always worked as a volunteer in my community,” she said. “This is the natural progression for me.”

Salmon made headlines in 2009 when she and Malexys Morales camped out in tents across the street from Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High.

The two pledged not to eat until local leaders recognized their concerns about Florida’s underfunded schools. Their hunger strike lasted a week — and caught the attention of several state lawmakers, who took their cause to Tallahassee.

Salmon previously ran a small business, but now is a full-time volunteer and mother. She serves as president of the Ronald Reagan PTSA and is an advocate for the American Cancer Society. (She’s a breast cancer survivor.)

Her priorities, if elected? Growing the local economy, enhancing public parks and, of course, supporting public schools.

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