There are 7 commissioners and a Mayor in the Sweetwater municipal government and their average age is 63.25 years old.
The youngest politician is Commissioner Orlando Lopez, who just turned 47 years old. The oldest politician is Manuel Duasso, at 85 years old (86 in two months).
Along with the currently active politicians, there are a number of challengers in this year’s election, all of which are between 50-70 years old. It doesn’t seem as if any Millenials under 40 will challenge anyone in this year’s election.
We’ve put together a list of current Sweetwater politicians with their age starting with the oldest and descending to youngest
Commissioner Manuel Duasso was first elected into office in 1995 after serving in the Sweetwater Maintenance Department for 27 years. He has been an advocate for education, elderly residents, and is anti-drugs. He is running for re-election in what could be his last election
- Age: 85
- First Elected: 1995
Prisca Barreto is the second-oldest politician in Sweetwater and isn’t known for much action aside from her annual Christmas light decoration award given to the owner of the most festive home exterior during Christmas in Sweetwater. According to the city website, she is the longest-running commissioner in Sweetwater. She is closely allied to current Mayor Jose Diaz and Commissioner Jose Bergouignan.
- Age: 72
- First Elected:1993
Catalino Rodriguez was appointed to the Sweetwater Commision after the 2013 scandal involving Manny MaroÃ±o. A veteran police officer with the City of Sweetwater Police Department, Catalino Rodriguez is one of the oldest politicians in Sweetwater. He is closely allied with Orlando Lopez and Isolina MaroÃ±o.
- Age: 70
- First Elected: Not Elected – appointed in 2013
Jose Manuel Diaz
Originally elected as a commissioner, Jose M. Diaz now serves as Mayor. His professional background includes working at Home Depot, running a Home Health company with his wife Beatrice, and most recently, a Spanish teacher for a charter school for girls. He is running for re-election against rival Orlando Lopez, Douglas Mayorga and Deborah Centeno.
- Age: 58
- First Elected:
Jose Manuel Guerra
With professional experience in the towing industry and mysterious ties to a towing company involved in a recent sweetwater scandal, Jose Guerra is also a veteran politician in Sweetwater. He mainly sides with Orlando Lopez and Isolina MaroÃ±o on issues.
- Age: 57
- First Elected:
Mother of former Mayor Manny MaroÃ±o, she was originally a volunteer known for helping the elderly in Sweetwater when she was appointed to be commissioner in 2012 after Abel Abelairas passed away. A year later, she won the election to keep her seat as commissioner, trouncing current mayoral candidate Deborah Centeno by a wide margin.
- Age: 66
- First Elected: 2013
Jose A. Bergouignan
The only commissioner with a military service background, Jose Bergouignan is a former U.S. Marine and one of the youngest active comissioners. Bergouignan owns a company providing services to aircraft companies and is relocating his business to Sweetwater.
He is known to side with Jose M. Diaz on most issues.
- Age: 51
- First Elected:
Orlando Lopez is the current Commission President and is one of 4 candidates running in the Sweetwater Election for Mayor in 2015. A graduate of Belen Jesuit and Miami Dade College, Commissioner Lopez is the youngest commissioner and the only one with an active real estate license in the State of Florida.
- Age: 47
- First Elected: 2001