DORAL, FL – Christi Fraga, the vice mayor of the City of Doral, has beaten Mara Zapata, the vice mayor of Miami Springs in the race for a seat representing District 5 at the Miami-Dade County School Board.
After sixty votes separated both candidates in the August primary, on Tuesday, November 3rd, Fraga managed to win about 56% of the vote over the 44% her opponent won.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of the community once again…I am extremely excited to be able to represent the families of District 5 at the School Board. I think there is an opportunity to really make a difference and represent our parents, students, teachers and families,” said Fraga, as reported by the Miami Herald.
She also expressed enthusiasm to meet with Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and departing incumbent Susie Castillo to pick up for her projects.
Additionally, after learning about her victory, Christi Fraga went to her social media accounts to show her gratitude.
“This evening, as we have watch our results, I am humbled by the overwhelming show of support from our School Board District 5 constituents. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to serve you. Tonight, I am honored to pledge you my service and promise that I will put the safety and well-being of our children’s education at the forefront of all my priorities. From the bottom of my heart, District 5 families, students, and educators, thank you. Remember that together, we have a bright and bold future ahead.”
In yesterday’s race not only Fraga won as two other women also were voted to take seats at the Miami-Dade School Board.
Lucia Baez-Geller, a teacher from Miami Beach High, also won. Representing District three, which covers Aventura, Miami Beach and downtown Miami, she beats Russ Rywell, also a teacher at Miami Beach High with 61% of the votes over 39% of Rywell.
In District nine, which covers Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, and Homestead, ice cream shop owner and tutor Luisa Santos defeated Dennis Moss, a term-limited Miami-Dade commissioner. She won 52% to 48%.
The new candidates will be sworn in at the School Board’s organizational meeting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17.