Miami Springs Councilwoman Mara Zapata files for Miami-Dade School Board seat

Miami Springs Councilwoman Mara Zapata is joining the 2020 race for the District 5 seat on the Miami-Dade County School Board.

Gianfranco Puppio-Perez, who’s worked under lawmakers such as Carlos Curbelo and Michael Grieco, first filed for the seat in June.

On Tuesday, Zapata sent out a release noting she was jumping into the contest.

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Miami Springs councilwoman says she’ll run for Miami-Dade School Board

Miami Springs City Councilwoman Mara Zapata announced Tuesday that she intends to run for a seat on the Miami-Dade School Board.

Her bid may soon leave the town scrambling to fill her position.

“I’ve dedicated the last 30 years of my life to helping children receive the best education possible, working with new teachers to help them be the most qualified and prepared teachers they can be and guiding parents to make the best decisions for their children,” Zapata wrote in her July 1 press release.

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Dade School Board candidates file, two will vie for vacated seat

In the District 5 race, where School Board Member Susie Castillo has decided not to seek re-election, we have two wannabes fighting in what seems like a very lop-sided race.

Miami Springs Councilwoman Mara Zapata, a teacher and administrator at Miami-Dade Public Schools for three decades, filed paperwork Monday to run for the District 5 seat vacated by Castillo. She joins Gianfranco Puppio-Perez, a political climber who’s worked for lawmakers Carlos Curbelo and Michael Grieco, who was the first to file for the seat in June.

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