New Miami-Dade Demo Chair– Quick Note

Late this month, Miami-Dade Democrats will elect a new chairman to replace Joe Garcia, who’s taking a run at the Congressional seat now held by Mario Diaz-Balart. A couple of contenders have emerged.
The “inside” candidate is Bret Berlin. “Inside”, because he currently serves as one of two County Committeemen on the state Democratic committee. He runs banquet halls– the Signtature Grand in Davie, and Signature Gardens in Kendall. His father Jerry– a renowned Democratic fundraiser– was shot to death at the Signature Grand in April 2003. The shooter– Jerry Berlin’s business partner– then committed suicide.
The “outside” candidate is North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns– Miami-Dade’s first openly-gay mayor. Burns and his partner have also made headlines because they are adoptive parents of a little girl. Though Florida law forbids gay couples from adopting, Burns and his partner adopted as part-time residents of Vermont.


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