cedric-mcminn_web.jpgMIAMI — The Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) of Miami-Dade County closed out an “extensive search” with an announcement that Cedric McMinn was selected as its new executive director effective

Oct. 1. McMinn was deputy political director for the 2008 Obama/Biden Presidential Campaign in Tampa.

In his new position, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the committee, with the aim of achieving its mission “to foster, facilitate and

support a stronger and more effective political organization focused on getting talented Democratic candidates elected to public office,” according to a statement from the group.

 "With Cedric’s energy and extensive political experience, I am confident that the DEC will be well-positioned for victory in the 2012 Election," Richard Lydecker, chairman of the DEC, said in a statement announcing the appointment.

“With the unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County above 13 percent, a decrease in funding for education and the constant attacks on the working class, we are committed to ensuring the election of leaders who understand this community and will help bring prosperity to its residents,” Lydecker said.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Broward County, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, described McMinn as “a passionate young democratic leader.” Congresswoman Frederica Wilson of Miami described him as “a rising star in South Florida and a strong grassroots advocate for Democrats up and down the ballot.”

McMinn sits on the 2010-12 Florida Democratic Party Executive Committee, to which Wilson appointed him. He also serves on the board of directors of the Miami Children’s Initiative.

“Communication, organization and mobilization will be my top priority in order for the party to move forward and succeed,” he said.

McMinn has worked as a government relations specialist with the law firm Becker & Poliakoff and takes to his DEC job more than eight years of experience in political and government activities, including serving as president of Miami-Dade Young Democrats.  He was  honored as the 2011 Young Democrat of the Year.

He also worked as legislative aide to then state Rep. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, who is now a member of the Miami-Dade County School Board.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Florida International University.

Photo: Cedric McMinn