Without law and order, we have nothing.
As a former chief of staff to two mayors and currently a community liaison at a local Police Department, I not only understand the critical role law enforcement plays in a society but absolutely support the work they do. This is no different in the case of another group of heroes: our firefighters.
We all are responsible for making sure the profession of first responder remains as one of the most honorable and respected by all in society. As elected leaders, it is our duty to stand behind our police and fire departments
If as the head of my household I must be responsible about the way we manage our hard-earned money, how much more don't we have to carefully watch the way we spend other people's money?
Every dollar the city spends must be justified. This is something I have seen closely working with two mayors and being in the center of the discussions with city administrators. I have learned that efficiency is a concept that does not have to be foreign to public entities.
While most of our beautiful city of Weston is already developed, we must remain vigilant that any new project that is proposed to come to our municipality does not negatively impact our quality of life and preserves property values. Had it been approved, the famous “rezoning of Weston Hills” would have tremendously changed our city, and property values would have also been affected.
The project that will come to the area where the Bonaventure Resort and Spa is located now must maintain the principle of controlled growth (low-density) the city has used for the most part thus far.
One attribute that has always characterized me is that of being responsive. Once thing people know will get when they contact me is that they will receive a response. This is true at both personal and professional levels.
I believe that we owe it anyone that reaches out that we get to respond. This, obviously, does not necessarily mean they will get the response that they expect or desire, but it is critical we don’t leave residents (either residential or commercial) waiting on a response from their local elected leaders. People would rather have to deal with a “no” than with a “don’t know”.
Proud American by choice, Alfredo is another example of what could be considered the embodiment of the American Dream. A Weston resident since 2004, he considers himself to be blessed to, not only live in the United States -the greatest experiment the world has known- but also infinitely grateful to have the opportunity to raise his family in such a unique place as Weston.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, Alfredo has a bachelor's degree in Public Administration (2003) from the University Central of Venezuela, as well as a master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2016) from Nova Southeastern University.
In 2014, Alfredo joined the City of Doral as Chief of Staff to the Mayor. Following a hiatus of two years, he rejoined the City in 2017 when he came back as Chief of Staff, this time under the leadership of Mayor Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez, the city’s founding and current Mayor.
While serving at the mayor’s office, Alfredo attended numerous conferences and events, including the annual meetings of the United States Conference of Mayors (2018, 2019 and 2020 Winter Meetings in Washington DC, Annual Meeting in Dallas (2014) and in Boston (2018), as well as Florida League of Cities Annual Conferences in 2014, 2018 and 2019.
Alfredo’s experience in the City of Doral is of particular importance given that this municipality is one of the fastest growing cities in Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida. In his capacity as Chief of Staff, he had the unique opportunity to work under the only two mayors the city has had since its incorporation in 2003.
In early 2021, he was transferred to the City of Doral Police Department where he now serves as Emergency Management and Community Liaison for the Neighborhood Resource Unit.
Graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, he also completed the Shield Officer Certification training at the Miami Police Department.
Prior to joining the City of Doral, Alfredo volunteered as Press Liaison at the Interamerican Institute for Democracy, a nonprofit organization charged with promoting freedom, democracy, and institutionalization in the Americas. Prior to the IID experience, Alfredo was a content and editorial producer for CALA, a then new show that successfully aired at prime time, broadcasted to the Spanish speaking market in the U.S. and Latin American.
A devoted family man, Alfredo is husband to Francia Ortega, a Colombian-American with whom they are the proud parents of Rebecca, Esther, and a baby boy that’s on his way.
Early voting begins at the Weston Library* on Monday, October 24 and ends on Sunday, November 6, every day from 7:00AM to 7:00PM.
*A full list of Early Voting Locations can be found at www.browardvotes.gov