Jim Cason poses next to Christmas lights at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana in 2005. The number 75 called attention to the 2003 jailing of 75 dissidents, journalists and democracy advocates.
Jim Cason, former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, beat two City Hall insiders to become mayor of Coral Gables.
The Miami Herald, which did not endorse Cason, reported that the retired diplomat was elected over incumbent Don Slesnick and Planning and Zoning Board chair Thomas Korge.
|Cason at victory party. Miami Herald photo|
Cason, a fierce critic of Fidel Castro, had the support of many Cuban-Americans in South Florida, Cafe Fuerte reported.
Cafe Fuerte quoted Cason as saying:
I am grateful to all my Cuban friends, but also to all the voters. I will be a mayor dedicated full time to my job and will do everything possile to improve this city, where I plan to live for the rest of my life.Hizzoner's salary as mayor will be $34,736 per year.
Cason, at left, poses with the Damas de Blanco in Cuba.
Source of photos: Cason for Mayor candidate photos