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Levine Cava Sworn In As Miami-Dade’s First Female Mayor

Photo: Miami Herald Archive

Daniella Levine Cava was sworn in as the new Mayor of Miami-Dade County on Tuesday. She is the first female mayor of the most populous county in Florida.

Her first official action was to create a chief medical officer position for the county for the first time ever.

“With this appointment we will have a clean and open line of communication between our county and our healthcare system, sharing information, pooling resources and mobilizing a unified strategy.”

She named Dr. Peter Paige to that role. He is currently a physician and an executive at Jackson Medical System.

“So critically Dr. Paige will help provide the trusted expert voice Miami-Dade has been missing to ensure a more effective pandemic response that reaches across all our communities.”

In a speech after the ceremony, Levine Cava outlined her vision for the next four years. It centers on tackling climate change, investing in public transit and reducing inequality in Miami-Dade County.

She said her vision overlaps with that of President-Elect Joe Biden, and that she hopes to work closely with his administration.

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