John Paul Alvarez
John Paul Alvarez is a true Floridian who was born in Miami, raised in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, and went to the University of Central Florida in Orlando where he earned his BA in Public History and became certified to teach in the State of Florida. John Paul Alvarez is running to be our next Democratic State Representative from South Florida.
John Paul’s father Juan was an orphaned boy flown to Miami to fend for himself and to make a better life on his own. Quickly he was able to find work with the help of the Hispanic community and started working for local hotels and restaurants. Juan went on to become a successful manager at a local car rental company. John’s mother and grandmother, both Latino immigrants of Jewish Heritage, came to Florida in the early 70’s. Ana, John Paul’s grandmother, worked hard in many clothing manufacturing factories in Miami. She eventually saved enough money to start a family business and truly lived the American dream. When John was born, Ana was operating a coffee and sandwich shop in Miami’s theater district.
Growing up in this warm and loving yet poor family, John Paul Alvarez experienced first-hand economic hardships and saw the benefits of hard work. The self-reliance and perseverance that John Paul’s family had served as early life lessons for him in how to make the best of one’s opportunities. John Paul Alvarez believes that protecting working families and the most vulnerable in our society is key to our county, state and country’s economic success.
Education and Work
With a solid work ethic and a dedication to education, John Paul would become a nominee for the prestigious Sliver Knight award at Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While working full time in event management, John Paul continued his education at Broward Community College and Florida Atlantic University, eventually earning his Bachelor’s degree in Public History from the University of Central Florida.
During his short time in Central Florida, John Paul Alvarez became an active member of many school, community, political and union organizations. During this time, John Paul stepped up to the plate and took over the family responsibilities of raising his two younger brothers. Both hard-working and successful young men, his brothers are making lives of their own. His youngest brother Michael has attends Eastern Florida College and his middle brother Tony is a burgeoning chef for Darden Corporation.
Advocate and Fighter
Born an advocate and a fighter, John Paul Alvarez volunteered for the Alex Sink for Florida Governor campaign in 2010. Being a part of such an important cause led John Paul to fully understand the need for some fresh leadership in government.
John Paul Alvarez has always believed that if you want something bad enough in life you must do something about it. In early 2011, John felt the calling to run for State House in order to fight equality, jobs, and better education and healthcare.
John Paul Alvarez defeated the former Mayor of Palm Bay – something that many predicted would be impossible – with 56% of the vote.
In this Democratic Primary, the Republican Party spent close to $12,000 aiding the former Democratic Mayor of Palm Bay in an attempt to ensure that John Paul Alvarez would not win. He proved them wrong.
During the General Election a few months later, John Paul fell victim to anti-GLBT and anti-Hispanic propaganda from his opponent and other 3rd parties during the three days leading up to Election Day. That final week, John Paul was polling slightly under U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, and that is what scared the GOP establishment into waging an extremely negative campaign.
Earning over 34,000 votes, John Paul Alvarez is the only openly GLBT candidate for state house to receive the most votes in Florida’s history. Despite losing in the General Election, John Paul made history in Florida by being the only openly GLBT candidate for state house in the entire state to receive the most votes. John Paul is currently the Communications Director for the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus.
In early 2013, John Paul Alvarez moved back home to sunny Hallandale Beach to be closer to his family, and pursue a better career opportunity in the field of Education. Upon arrival, several community leaders and activist Democrats encouraged John Paul Alvarez to run for State House again, but this time in his home town of South Florida.ing the only openly GLBT candidate for state house in the entire state to receive the most votes. John Paul is currently the Communications Director for the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus.
The Love of Teaching
Because of his love for teaching and making a difference in every student’s life, John Paul Alvarez became certified to teach Elementary Education, Spanish language, and Social Science. In his first teaching position, John Paul was awarded Excellence in Teaching Award.
His other accomplishments include being a reading and mathematics tutor, coaching a Florida Lego Robotics team, and being a Sponsor for Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.).
Currently, John Paul is teaching 3rd grade in Hollywood, Florida. He is also part of his school’s Literacy Committee.
Helping Others Get Ahead
John Paul Alvarez is an educator, a mentor, and a community leader who strongly believes that all individuals deserve the chance to get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.
John Paul Alvarez is running for State Representative because he wants to represent you and, most importantly, be your voice. He wants to fight for the issues that matter the most to students, working families, retired citizens, taxpayers, and the most vulnerable people in our society.
John Paul’s message is simple yet full of hope, strength, and honesty: Let’s put people first in every decision that is made in Tallahassee.