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Former Miami-Dade Democratic Party official to become county mayor's communications chief

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has hired a new communications director with a background in politics.

Michael Hernández will replace Fernando Figueredo, who last month returned to an administrative post at Florida International University.

Hernández joins the administration from Penn Schoen Berland, a market research and political consulting firm. He previously worked for the Coral Gables-based Balsera Communications agency and as Hispanic communications director for the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. During the 2012 presidential election, Hernández was a surrogate for the Obama reelection campaign, particularly on Spanish-language media.

Gimenez is a Republican in a nonpartisan post.

Hernández, whose first day is Wednesday, said he will make an annual salary of $140,000. That will be $15,000 more than Figueredo’s salary of $125,000.

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