Miami-Dade Superintendent Considering Run for Congress

The head of Miami-Dade Public County Schools may be considering a run for Congress. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said he is being courted to run for retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat.

Carvalho told NBC 6 his potential candidacy does not stem from personal aspiration but “a demand-sided proposition driven by the current popular uneasiness on issues like health care and education.”

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Florida’s 27th congressional district leans toward Democrats even though Republican Ros-Lehtinen has held the seat for more than three decades. The 52-year-old superintendent is registered to vote with no party affiliation, but describes himself as a social liberal and fiscal conservative. There are reports that Republicans have also reached out to Carvalho about a potential run.

Carvalho has served as chief of the school district for nearly 10 years. “My dedication and commitment to Miami-Dade County Public Schools are as strong and unwavering as ever,” said Carvalho.

In the past, the superintendent’s name has been tossed around as a potential candidate for Florida governor and county mayor. It’s unclear when Carvalho will make his final decision on a bid for Congress. “I would be disavowing the trust and confidence of many if I did not at the very least entertain their request for consideration,” said Carvalho.