|Esteban "Steve" Bovo|
Mayor of Hialeah, Florida
Member of the Miami-Dade County Commission from the 13th district
May 25, 2011 – November 17, 2020
|Preceded by||Natacha Seijas|
|Succeeded by||René García|
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
November 4, 2008 – March 25, 2011
|Preceded by||René García|
|Succeeded by||Jose R. Oliva|
|Born|| June 12, 1962 (age 60)|
Queens, New York
Esteban L. "Steve" Bovo, Jr. (born June 12, 1962) is an American Republican politician and the Mayor of Hialeah, Florida. Bovo previously served on the Miami-Dade County Commission from 2011-2020, the Hialeah City Council, in the Florida House of Representatives from 2008-2011. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Miami-Dade County in 2020, losing to Daniella Levine Cava. Prior to serving as an elected official, Bovo worked at the historic Hialeah Park as a marketing and advertising executive.
Miami-Dade Mayoral Campaign
In October 2020, Bovo announced he was running for Miami-Dade County Mayor, and would go on to win won the Republican Primary. He was defeated in the general election by Democratic Commissioner Daniela Levine Cava, by a margin of 8%.
Hialeah Mayoral Campaign
Bovo won the nonpartisan primary for mayor of Hialeah on November 2, 2021. Bovo received 59 percent of the vote, meaning he won the primary outright. Bovo had recieved the endorsement of several high-profile Republicans, including President Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Senator Marco Rubio, among others. On his campaign website, he writes:
"The next Mayor of Hialeah must be committed to moving the city forward with courageous and innovative reforms. At the forefront of every city initiative, proposal, bid, contract, ordinance and project must be transparency and efficiency to protect the taxpayer from unethical practices, waste, and abusive taxes...
...I know that this is the correct course for the future of our city to be truly prosperous for its residents. The platform below demonstrates my commitment to conservative and effective governance for families and taxpayers.".
For Hialeah Mayor, Bovo campaigned on conservative values, opposition to mask and vaccine mandates, putting Hialeah first, support for law enforcement, and low taxes.
Being Cuban, he takes a hardline stance against communism. On Twitter, he criticizes Democrat presidents such as JFK, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama for their failures to sufficiently fight it, saying he doesn't expect much from Joe Biden.
Bovo was born in Queens, New York, on June 12, 1962, to Esteban and Marilyn Bovo-Carás. Bovo is married to his wife, Viviana, and has five children. Bovo often mentions his father, who was a veteran, and fought in the Bay of Pigs.