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Melissa Fernandez and Lyvan Verdecia met through social media in the spring of He was in Miami working as a day laborer, hopping on trucks bound for South Florida fields in need of harvesting. He also worked as a roofer and at an industrial laundromat in Miami. Verdecia, 25, a dancer who had left his home in Cuba in search of a new life. Fernandez, 30, who was born in New Jersey and raised in Miami. Her parents, Terri Fernandez, an account supervisor at an insurance company, and Omar Fernandez, who works in sales at a funeral home, told her stories about the circumstances — little food, no access to medicine — that had brought them to the United States from Bayamo, Cuba, in the s. Their past struggles fueled their commitment to help their daughter dance professionally and knowing of their background taught Ms. Fernandez compassion for others.
Today the district is a battleground in a national election whose result could be nearly as momentous. Now voters in Tres de Febrero are swinging back to the Peronists. During her eight-year presidency, she vastly increased welfare, subsidies and public employment. She warred with foreign creditors and hobbled exporters with high taxes and an overvalued exchange rate. Her tenure ended with a stalled economy, a fiscal deficit of 5. The coalition he leads is called Frente de Todos Front for All.