Current and Former Florida Mayors from Across the State Endorse Manny Diaz for FDP Chair

Former Mayor of Miami, Manny Diaz speaks before Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg during a news conference on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Little Havana a neighborhood in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Today, a group of current and former mayors from cities and counties across Florida endorsed Manny Diaz for Florida Democratic Party Chair.

Mayors from Miami Shores, Tampa, Orlando, Broward County, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and many more have pledged their support for the former Mayor of the City of Miami.

The current mayors supporting Manny include Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James, Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, Miami Shores Mayor Crystal Wagar, and Broward County Mayor Steve Geller, as well as a group of former mayors including Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.

“As a former mayor of Tampa, I know the challenge and work it takes to not just transform a city, but do it in a way that invests in every single community, leaving no one behind and that’s what Manny did as mayor of the most diverse city in Florida,” said former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

“Miami became the world-class city we know, love and represent today because of Manny’s leadership and ability to completely rebrand and rebuild a city by investing in jobs, education and green infrastructure,” said Miami Shores Mayor Crystal Wagar.

“Just like he did as mayor, Manny has a plan and is committed to doing the work to elect Democrats up and down the ticket, which includes year-round organizing and making sure we’re investing in communities across this state to leave no voter behind. We can win but the work starts now and Manny is ready for the job.”

“Florida Democrats need leadership that will invest everywhere, like in the City of Sarasota where we are electing Democrats at the local level and building a great bench for higher office but that takes work, organizing and investment, and for that reason, I’m supporting Manny Diaz to be the next FDP chair,” said Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody.

“I know first hand the progress we can make for our citizens and believe that if we think, work and organize strategically as a party, we can win in more communities like mine across this great state.”

Manny Diaz served as Mayor of Miami from 2001 to 2009, where he led a transformation of the city by investing in innovative programs around urban design, sustainability and green initiatives, education, affordable housing and poverty and homelessness.

Diaz has continued his work in helping cities and local governments develop programs and initiatives that embody diversity and economic opportunity.


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