Campaign Announcement

Miami-Dade Public School Teacher Lucia Baez 

Files for School Board and Receives Major Endorsements



August 1, 2019
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Miami, FL – Lucia Baez, a public school teacher and education advocate who currently teaches at Miami-Beach Senior High School, filed today to run for the District 3 seat on the Miami-Dade School Board. The seat is currently held by Dr. Martin Karp who recently withdrew from the race.

Hours after filing, Baez received endorsements from U.S. Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-27) and State Senator Annette Taddeo (D-40).

Statement from U.S. Congresswoman Donna Shalala:

“We need more teachers on the Board who understand education. Lucia is an outstanding candidate. I strongly support her.”

Statement from State Senator Annette Taddeo:

“I am excited to support Lucia Baez as the next School Board Member for District 3.  As a public school teacher in the district for over 15 years, she will bring her passion for public schools to the school board.  I have personally known Lucia for years as a leader in our community and I am thrilled to support a fellow strong Latina.  Lucia will make an excellent School Board Member, and has my full support!”

Statements from Lucia Baez:

“I am humbled and honored to have the endorsement of U.S. Congresswoman Shalala and Senator Taddeo. Their amazing leadership and public service have always inspired me. I am grateful for their support as I embark on this incredible journey.”

“I am running for School Board because I see the potential of our students in my classroom every single day. As a lifelong educator, I understand first-hand what is needed to prepare our students for successful careers and will bring my experiences to the District. I strongly believe every child must receive a high quality education.”

For over 15 years, Baez has dedicated her life to education by teaching thousands of students. Her advocacy efforts are far reaching beyond the classroom with her involvement with education initiatives in Miami-Dade County, Tallahassee, and Washington, DC. She was awarded the title of 2013 Political Advocate of the Year by the National Education Association. Baez has worked with United Teachers of Dade, Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, Educational Excellence School Advisory Council, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Media Ambassador for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and served as the Education Chair with the League of Women Voters.

Lucia Baez earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English and Secondary Education at Spring Hill College and her Master of Science degree in English Education at Nova Southeastern University.

The Miami-Dade School Board Election will take place August 18, 2020.

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