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Daniella Levine Cava becomes first female mayor of Miami-Dade County

Posted at 11:13 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 11:13:08-05

Miami-Dade’s new mayor already making history by being elected as the first female mayor in the county.

“I think it’s a real indication that women leadership is unique and that I was selected partly because of that. But the most important is that it tells the world and especially little girls and women that there is glass ceiling that cannot be broken,” said Daniella.

Daniella Levine Cava defeated Esteban Bovo in Tuesday’s runoff, already spending her first day on the job on Wednesday at a food distribution providing to those in need.

She was joined by Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez for the event in Miami Beach.

“We have to make sure to do everything in our power to get our health in order which means a robust public health approach, so I’ll be appointing a chief medical officer. It also means working on a recovery approach that involves our small businesses, our hospitality sector, real estate, finance, agriculture, but also new infrastructure projects and innovations. Things that will bring new job opportunities into the market, said Daniella.

As mayor, she hopes to strengthen the relationships between the County and the cities.

“I think it’s really critical that we treat the cities as partners. I think the County has a role as a regional planner, how do we come together and not work in our little silos,”added Daniella.

Levine Cava calls herself the “water warrior” because she’s proud to lead the charge for clean water and a clean environment.

“Water quality issues [and] pollution, I didn’t see a major focus. I considered it a real urgent matter because our economy is based on the health of our water. That’s our fishing industry, our tourism, our recreation, our health. So I started to really dig down,” said Daniella.

Levine Cava is scheduled to take the oath of office in two weeks.