John Patrick Julien, a former North Miami Beach council member and one-term state house representative, was an independent thinker and fiscal conservative. A registered Democrat, critics often accused him of being a Republican at heart.
He died Friday from cancer. He was 50.
Julien, who was first elected to the North Miami Beach council in 2005 and served in the House of Representatives from 2010-2012, was in hospice care in Hollywood with his family and friends by his side when he died.
“He fought a hell of a battle,” said his best friend, former North Miami Beach council member Robert Taylor.
Julien started having stomach pains and by early September it was unbearable, said Taylor. He spent Labor Day weekend in the hospital and doctors found he had tumors in his stomach and liver.
As a North Miami Beach councilman, Julien wasn’t afraid to shoot down ideas he thought didn’t make fiscal sense, even if it meant sounding like a Grinch.