State and Legislative District
Candidate for Florida’s 40th Senate District
What inspired you to run for public office?
I have always wanted to serve my community. My whole family has volunteered in our neighborhood since I was a little kid. I come from a family of educators, and they instilled in me a desire to help kids and those that cannot help themselves. In high school and college, I was student government president and those early experiences helped forge my continued desire to help others.
When and why did you first begin to identify as a Republican?
My father and my grandfather were small business owners. They taught me the value of conservatism at a young age. They came from Cuba, a Country where the Rule of Law was disrespected and private property rights were trampled. My dad, Jose Sr., got me to work in construction as a laborer every summer of my high school years. The work ethic I developed during those summers made me appreciate every single dollar that I earned and I learned just how important it was for our government to protect our hard-earned taxpayer dollars.
If elected what do you see as being your top legislative priorities?
My top legislative priority has always been creating and promoting high paying jobs in South Florida. My district is full of grandparents and parents that are worried that their kids don’t have the same opportunities that they did. That is why I have worked zealously to cut government regulation and taxes that stifle job creation in our State.
What is an issue you are hearing about from voters that you don’t think the media is talking enough about?
Over 5 million Floridians live in some sort of Association (condo or HOA). For the past ten years, those that live in condominiums have been very frustrated by the lack of due process, and extreme government inaction, when it comes to protecting their family’s most important investment, their home. That is why I sponsored a significant “condo reform” package this past year that gave homeowners a sense of relief and empowered them to protect their homes. This is an issue that is very important to our community and there is still a lot of work to be done.
When you are not campaigning what else do you like to do in your free time?
I am the father of two young boys, Dominick and Christian. I jokingly refer to them as the “Diaz Tornadoes,” because they are amazing bundles of energy. My father raised me around sports; baseball, football, and basketball. I am following his example and have been teaching my kids to love sports and learn the value of teamwork. I was my son’s first baseball coach and, now, both my sons have a very active after-school schedule that centers around their physical and mental development. Like me, they are big Miami Marlins and Miami Dolphins fans, and we have now gone to dozens of sporting events together and created memories that will last a lifetime.
If you could go back in time to any historical moment what would it be and why?
I would love to have been in the room when the Declaration of Independence was being crafted by our Founding Fathers. It would have been amazing to have witnessed the way that each and every line of that nearly perfect document was crafted.
What app on your phone would you not be able to live without?
In Miami-Dade County, the traffic congestion has impacted every resident of my district. I live out West and work in Downtown Miami, so I get an hour of traffic each way, every day. I, therefore, rely (in a very big way) on Waze and Google Maps. Both apps help me find quicker and less congested ways to get to where I am going. Additionally, I am working hard at the state level to bring additional dollars back home to improve our infrastructure and ease traffic so that the residents of Miami-Dade County won’t have to rely as much on traffic apps in the future.
If you’d like more information please visit his website at www.josefelixdiaz.com.