Diaz, a longtime leader in education reform, chairs the Florida Senate Education Committee. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services as well as the Committees on Ethics and Elections and Health Policy.
Diaz was elected last year to represent District 36 in the Florida Senate after serving three terms in the Florida House of Representatives.
“What an honor to have Chairman Diaz on our team,” said Vilariño. “His leadership is making a real difference in our schools, and students across the state are benefiting from his commitment to ensuring excellence in our education system. I have so much respect for him and the hard work he is investing in our community, and I look forward to working with him.”
Vilariño, a successful South Florida business owner, is challenging Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 26th District.
She arrived in Florida from Cuba with her family as part of the Mariel boatlift in 1980 when she was a small child. Since then, she has built a successful career working to expand her family’s restaurant business, which includes 15 restaurants across South Florida and more than 400 employees. She now serves as the co-owner of Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine restaurants.
Although this is her first time running for office, Vilariño is no stranger to Florida's political scene.
She was a frequent presence during the 2018 elections with Republican candidates, including Sen. Rick Scott. She has also been a contributor to FOX News and appeared on CNN to defend Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation. To top it all off, she appeared beside President Donald Trump at a small business roundtable last year in Hialeah to promote the Republican tax cuts.
The South Florida conservative is running on a platform that includes pro-growth policies that will help working families, lower taxes and fewer regulations, bolster a strong national defense and the protection of life. She is also a strong advocate for the protection of constitutional rights, foremost being the right to life.