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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan Zapata drops bid for reelection

Zapata opens the way for predecessor's likely return

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MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata dropped his bid for reelection. 

Zapata represented District 11, an area in West Kendall that includes the western urban development boundary.

Zapata faced criticism after Univision reported that Miami-Dade County paid for his tuition at Harvard University. He returned the $30,961

"The time has now come for me to pursue other endeavors in my life," Zapata wrote in a Thursday letter addressed to the Supervisor of Elections.

Running for his seat are former Commissioner Joe Martinez and Felix Lorenzo, a pharmaceutical sales rep running for office for the first time. 

"Any vote for me will not count," Zapata warned in the letter. 


About the Author:

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.