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Juan C. Zapata's former opponent endorses him in Miami-Dade commission race

Former state Rep. Juan C. Zapata, who will be in a November runoff for an open Miami-Dade county commission seat, drew the support this week of one of his first-round election opponents.

Political rookie Javier Muñoz endorsed Zapata after coming in third place in the race between himself, Zapata and Manny Machado, a Miami-Dade police detective on leave while he runs for office.

The endorsement matters because Muñoz, a first-time candidate running a small campaign with friends and family and not political operatives, did better than anyone expected, garnering 15 percent of the vote (and playing the spoiler for someone like Zapata, who had hoped to win the election outright). Zapata got 48 percent of the vote; Machado got 37 percent.

Muñoz said he and Zapata were friendly throughout the campaign for District 11, a swath of West Miami-Dade that for the last 12 years has been represented by Commission Chairman Joe Martinez, who lost his bid for county mayor. Muñoz said he and Zapata see eye-to-eye on money issues, including "bringing a new perspective to the commission, and increasing transparency, and really shaking up the commission."

"He really ran a very clean campaign -- we spoke about the issues," said Muñoz, who plans to join the Zapata team and actively campaign for his former opponent. "There was never any form of intimidation."

Zapata said he sees a bright future in politics for Muñoz. The two congratulated each other via text message after last Tuesday's election results, Zapata said, and met last week and on Monday to discuss their partnership going forward.

"He did a good job with very little resources," Zapata said. "I respected what he did and what he stood for...He was there in the trenches."

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Angel Martinez

Sure he endorses Zapata, Zapata wrote him a nice check paid for by the special interest of Miami Dade. Those that want to move the UDB, raise our tolls, put red light camaras and steal from healthcare. He,s a criminal and so is that Munioz, another paid clony.

Angel Martinez

lorenzito

Wow another FIU criminal gets immunity, law student ignorant of a crime, guess she worked for J.C. Planas before since he seems to represent this whole crew for years now, even running PAC's for Al Lorenzo, Herman Echaverria, Armando Guerra, you name it the list goes on and on. All these Pac's registered to Planas and made to attack candidates for these crooks, well don't worry she will seal her record even if the charge's are not sealable, she will then run for office and then expunge the record just like former Juan Zapata did years ago on his trafficing and selling drug charges, yes folks a drug dealer and turned politician. And even further his parents were drug money lauders who were arrested under operation Green Back in the eighties, guess Zapata's parents were close friends to all these now turned high profile ballots broker consultants and maybe even prosecuter's who seem to forgive these crimes and let us be defrauded and lied to. Zapata who after years of political corruption now runs for Commission Seat in District 11, with everyone of these criminal corrupted politician's involved from Jeb Bush, JC PLanas, Eddy Gonzalez, Bovo, Manny Diaz JR, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and we can be here all day naming them, plus all the special interest in florida with lobbyist earning him almost 1 Million Dollars to run against first time candidate and police detective Manny Machado. An officer for more than 12 years and with no criminal or political ties, yes folks a true Statesman, a defender of the people. But again we see that big bucks and B.S backing Zapata can really cloud of judgements, I am with Machado , Mr. Zapata please open your record let us in to your life like all you crooks like to do to good people that challenge your ways, see the time is over for you go get a job and stop living and sucking us dry with your B.S. Go and wake up, you are done, we don't need guys like you anymore, I spoke to Machado this Saturday at Hammocks Library and boy that kid is right on point with what is really going on with this county, he has done his homework, Stadium deal, Wackenhut settlement, Tunnel, new train, and the kicker how you want to stop red light cameras but you have taken thousands and thousands from those who want to have them put up. I belong to the Kendall Federation and I was ready to vote for you but after seeing your free barbecue and hearing this young man who just wants to help his community, county, and our families prosper, I have woken up, I don't even want to vote on the 240 issue. He is for no kill thru budget not taxes, you talk a good game but your just a fraud, thank God Moses "Manny Machado" we now call him was the last guy I spoke to, his wife right by his side, he didn't even wear sunblock and you can tell the sincerity and his conviction how he can looks right into your eyes the whole time, can't say the same for you, you have this synical ora to you, why don't you stick to commercials after this cause your a good actor. I have reached out to my friends, family and neighbors cause finally we have a light on the commission and If I can help it It ain't you! What the hell is going on here in florida, can the Feds please take this place and clean house or are we just doomed? And by the way can the Herald report that Mr. Zapata and his PAC is just a lier putting out all that BS on Machado, if he were under any investigation as you claim he could not be running for office period.

Thanks LP

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