Alex Penelas Biography and Career
Alexander Penelas is a former mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida, and an American attorney. He was born on December 18, 1961, in Miami, Florida, U.S and currently living in the same place. In this article we are going to talk about the biography, career, notable works, films and family of Actor Alex Penelas so read the article till the end.
Alex Penelas declared his re-election candidacy for Mayor of Miami-Dade County in April 2019, a job he previously held for eight years. In the first round, Penelas finished third behind Daniella Levine Cava and Esteban Bovo, despite leading most polls.
Alex Penelas campaigned for Mayor of Dade County in 1996, which was later renamed Miami-Dade County in 1997. Penelas defeated fellow Commissioner Arthur Teele in the Mayoral runoff.
Penelas received 37% of the vote against Teele’s 25%, with former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre and Xavier Suarez coming in third and fourth, respectively. Penelas easily defeated Teele in the run-off, with 60.56 percent to Teele’s 39.44 percent.
In 2000, Penelas stood for reelection and won 51.6 percent of the vote against Miami Dade Commissioner Miguel Diaz de la Portilla’s 20.9 percent. There was no need for a runoff because Penelas exceeded the 50% mark.
In 2000, he spoke out against Elián González’s repatriation as mayor, but he was unable in halting the repatriation.
Penelas’ term as mayor was up in 2004, and he ran for the United States Senate in Florida. Longtime incumbent and Dade County native Bob Graham vacated the position, making it the first available Senate seat since 1980.
In the primary, Penelas came in third behind Betty Castor and Peter Deutsch. His campaign was hampered by Al Gore’s description of him as “the single most deceitful and dishonest individual I dealt with everywhere in America during the 2000 presidential election campaign.”
Short biography of Alex Penelas
Alex Penelas, a Cuban-American, received his bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Thomas University in 1981.
He earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1985, where he graduated with honors and was inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society.
Penelas has two older boys, William and Christopher, and a younger daughter, Alexandra, with his wife Lilliam.
He has a Twitter account with only over 2k followers and can be reached at @apenelas. He is pretty active on the platform and tweeted more than 2k times since he joined in 2009.
Short biography facts about Alex Penelas
He is a member of The Florida Bar since 1985.
His firm’s name is Alex Penelas P.A.
From 1987 until 1990, Alex Penelas served on the Hialeah City Council.
He was elected as a county commissioner in Dade County in 1990.
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