Gov. Ron DeSantis named a Republican candidate for House District 119 to the Miami-Dade County Commission to replace a Commissioner accused of accepting money in exchange for changing a county ordinance.
Gonzalez, who had gone by “Rob” in the campaign, was a second-finisher in a five-way Republican Primary to represent an unincorporated area. He will be in a seat representing more than 200,000 people in the western part of the county, according to the Miami Herald.
He lost his Primary race by a lot — 48%-20% — to Rep. Juan Carlos Porras, but apparently attracted the attention of party officials, the Miami Herald reported. The first-time candidate won an endorsement from the police union.
Gonzalez, a native of Guatemala, attended Miami Dade College, earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from St. Thomas University, and his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University Law School, according to his campaign website and the Governor’s announcement.
The new member of the County Commission became an American citizen in 2014, the same year he graduated from law school,