Florida State Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. was confirmed unanimously last week by the State Board of Education as Florida’s new Commissioner of Education. As many of you may know, Manny Diaz graduated from Miami Springs Senior High and was a Baseball standout as a member of the Hawks. He went on to become a teacher and coach at Miami Springs Senior High and Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High. Manny became an Assistant Principal at HML and later took his skills to help found Beyond the Bell Learning Center in Miami Springs. (That was the learning center where Twice As Sweet is currently located.)
Manny served in the State House of Representatives from 2012-2018 before running for and winning his seat as a Florida State Senator in 2018. We had the opportunity to interview Manny in Miami Springs back in 2018. (Watch that interview below.)
In a press release, Senator Manny Diaz, Jr was quoted saying “I am incredibly thankful for Governor DeSantis’ commitment to improve the quality of education we provide to our students, and for the opportunity to build upon the amazing work that Commissioner Corcoran and the Florida Department of Education have accomplished. I am extremely humbled and appreciative of the faith and trust that the State Board of Education has placed in me. Rest assured, Florida will continue to serve students, parents, and educators in our quest to provide students with a world-class education that meets the unique and individual needs of all students.”
With the confirmation of Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. as the new Florida Commissioner of Education, it opens up his State Senate seat.
Florida State Representative, Bryan Avila, who is also a Miami Springs Senior High Alum, is terming out and was slated to run for Rebeca Sosa’s Miami-Dade Commission Seat as shown in the advertisement above. However, his office released a press release on Monday, May 2, 2022, announcing that he officially filed to run for State Senate District 39 to succeed Senator Manny Diaz, Jr.
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Senate District 39. See statement below. 👇 pic.twitter.com/M3aitbbWBu
— Rep. Bryan Ávila (@BryanAvilaFL) May 2, 2022
In his press release, Bryan Avila stated “During his time in the Florida Legislature, Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. has been a champion for Northwest Miami-Dade County in Tallahassee. If elected, I pledge to continue standing up for conservative values and against the radical agenda being pushed by the far left in Florida and across our nation.”
The City of Miami Springs used its staff and City Resources to virtually endorse Bryan Avila’s candidacy. Since when are city’s supposed to endorse candidates? Read more about the city’s possible ethics violation as well as some of the egregious examples of prior meddling during an election.