Luigi Boria, an entrepreneurial computerfirm executive and ordained Hispanic firm executive and ordained Hispanic minister, was sworn into office Nov. 28 as the City of Doral’s second Mayor since incorporation in 2003.
By a narrow 432-vote margin of 4,712 ballots cast in the Nov. 27 runoff election, Boria became the first native-born Venezuelan to head a Florida city, defeating challenger Frank Bolanos, former Chairman of Miami-Dade County’s School Board, 2,372 to 2,140.
Just over 25% of Doral’s 17,606 registered voters took time to vote for both a new Mayor to succeed Juan Carlos Bermudez who has served since July 2003, the city’s year of incorporation.
Bermudez who did not seek reelection due to term limits has since announced his association with the Miami law firm of Akerman Senterfitt as part of a real estate practice group.
In addition, three of four Council members began four-year terms including Sandra Ruiz and Christi Fraga, both needing runoff victories Nov. 27.
In the Council Seat 1 runoff, Ruiz polled 2,317 to Elena Ortega-Tauler’s 2,049 while Christi Fraga with 2,533 votes won over Robert Van Name with 2030, both 55-to-44% of total votes cast in those two races.
Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera had won the Council 3 seat without a runoff by besting Clemente Vera by a slim 50.5 to 49.4% margin in the Nov. 6 election.
The swearing-in ceremony of Mayor Boria and Council members Ruiz, Aguilera and Fraga was followed Dec. 4 by the Council’s first meeting with the three newly-elected women joining Ana Maria Rodriguez.
Boria entered the runoff against Frank Bolanos after a three-way Nov. 6 race eliminated Council member Pete Cabrera who lost to Bolanos by 77 votes in a close battle for second place.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, born of Italian parentage. Boria graduated from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, earning an accounting degree, and marrying his college sweetheart, Garciela, in 1982. Now married 27 years, the Borias have two children, Alexander and Maria Lorena.
They moved to the U. S. in 1989 where Boria expanded his TMC-The Magic Computer business by locating in Doral and opening a second company, TWC-The Wise Computer with more than 30 employes in Doral, distributing computers, parts and accessories throughout Latin America. Boria recently continued his expansion by opening a third company, The Magic Computer in Colombia.
His community positions include President, Fairways Home Association, 2004-2009; President, Westport Association, 1996-2009; Pastor, Alpha and Omega Church since ordained in 2009 and a bible teacher since 2007.