Fighting for his country in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jesus Jimenez helped fellow soldiers disarm enemy bombs. He made it back safely.
Fighting for his family in Miami, Jimenez was less fortunate. While he trained to ship overseas one more time, Miami-Dade County demolished his home.
His five-month-pregnant wife, Laura, was kicked out, along with his diabetic daughter, hearing-impaired brother and mother-in-law. Most of their possessions, including a beloved upright piano, were still inside.
Four year earlier, Jimenez had asked the county to delay the building-code violation proceedings against him because he was a soldier on active duty.
A Miami federal judge ruled last week that Miami-Dade violated U.S. law by failing to grant Jimenez’s request. Jimenez, now a U.S. Army staff sergeant in Fort Bliss, Texas, will pursue damages against the county and two building officials to compensate for the loss of his family’s home and the hardship they suffered.
“I feel relieved,” said Jimenez, a 49-year-old father of four. “But whatever I recover won’t be enough to do much.”
Miami congressional candidate Ed MacDougall has begun to attack Carlos Curbelo, the establishment favorite in the District 26 Republican primary.
Targeting reliable Hispanic voters, MacDougall's campaign has mailed fliers and released radio ads -- both in Spanish -- portraying Curbelo as liberal.
"Charlie Crist's friend Carlos Curbelo headed up the opposition to Marco Rubio when he ran for Senate," the radio spot begins.
The ad also claims Curbelo opposes repealing Obamacare and "supported a school-tax hike of $1.2 billion," referring to a bond referendum Miami-Dade County voters approved in 2012.