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For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2012
Media Contact:
Bernardo Escobar

305-375-5511

Juan Carlos Zapata, the first Colombian-American elected to the Miami-Dade County Commission, sworn as Commissioner of District 11


Juan Carlos Zapata, the first Colombian-American elected to the Miami-Dade County Commission, was sworn-in as District 11’s Commissioner on November 20, 2012 at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Commissioner Zapata was joined by family and friends during the installation ceremony where Daniel Forman, Esq. administered the Oath of Office.

Photo Credits: Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County Photographer

As commissioner for District 11, he will represent West Dade's unincorporated areas, which includes Country Walk, Hammocks, Kendale Lakes, Bent Tree, and Lakes of the Meadows. As a longtime resident of District 11, Zapata manifested his gratitude to his supporters for the opportunity to work on behalf of the constituency.

"I want to express my sincere gratitude to the residents of our community for the support, words of encouragement and warmth they have shared with me in the past six months" said Commissioner Zapata. "I want to reach out to the residents of District 11 and encourage them to join me as we move forward together in shaping the type of community, desirable amenities, public services and quality neighborhoods that we deserve."

Commissioner Zapata has been a resident of Miami-Dade County since 1977. He was elected into the West Kendall Community Council in 1996 and later to the State Legislature in 2002. That year, Juan C. Zapata became the first Colombian-American elected to the Florida House of Representatives and was subsequently re-elected three times.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Zapata’s office at 305-375-5511.