MIAMI (WSVN) - Daniella Levine Cava has declared victory over Esteban Bovo in the race for Miami-Dade County mayor.

Levine Cava garnered around 55% of the vote compared to her opponent, who conceded the race at around 8:30 p.m., Tuesday.

“A short time ago, I received a very gracious call from Commissioner Esteban Bovo,” she said. “I thank you, commissioner. You ran a very strong campaign. We’ve been colleagues on the commission for six years. I greatly admire your passion and commitment to our community, and I look forward to working with you as we take on some of the biggest challenges this community has ever faced.”

Once in office, she will be the county’s first female mayor.

When asked about the historical achievement, Cava said, “You don’t have to be a woman to be a good mayor, but this is a great time for a woman’s style of leadership. We need compassion. We need someone who is collaborative, and that’s who I am, and that’s what I’ll bring to county hall.”

During her speech, Levine Cava said she was thankful for her family supporting her decision to run for mayor and the voters of Miami-Dade County for electing her.

“I will work harder than ever, harder than ever to lift our county back up,” Levine Cava said.

She said one of the first things she will do is appoint a chief medical officer to overlook COVID-19 in South Florida.

Levine Cava also said she will meet with businesses regarding what next steps are needed to keep people healthy and the county open.

“Whether we fix our transit system, our water system, take care of creating jobs, those are not partisan issues,” Levine Cava said. “They’re really local quality of life issues, and that’s what I’ll fight for.”

She also spoke about having a better relationship with the mayors of the cities in Miami-Dade County.

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