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Willy Gort

Willy Gort
37th Mayor of Miami
In office
June 4, 1996 – July 24, 1996
Preceded by Stephen P. Clark
Succeeded by Joe Carollo
Personal details
Born (1940-11-09) November 9, 1940 (age 73)
Havana, Cuba
Residence Miami

Willy Gort (born Wilfredo Gort de los Llanos on November 9, 1940 in Havana, Cuba) is a Cuban-American politician. Gort was a former City of Miami Commissioner (1993–2001), and in 1996 its mayor (acting). In 2010, he was elected again as a City of Miami Commissioner.

Gort was the son of photographer, Alfredo “Willy” Gort (1909–2003) and Miami Cuban civic leader, Esther de los Llanos de Gort (1915–1984). He and his parents fled Cuba in 1952 after Fulgencio Batista overthrew the government and moved to Miami. In 1959, after Fidel Castro came to power, he returned to Cuba for 3 days and again went into exile.

In 1993, Gort ran against Joe Carollo, a former City of Miami commissioner and won the election. In 1996, Gort who was Vice-Mayor at the time became acting mayor at the death of Stephen P. Clark. In 2001, Gort resigned his commission seat to run for mayor of Miami, but did not make the runoff election that eventually elected Manny Diaz, mayor of Miami.

References

  • The Miami Herald, Gort Sees His Role as Helping Foster Sense of Unity by Charles Rabin, October 26, 2001, Page 1B.
  • The Miami Herald, High Profile by Ena Naunton, May 25, 1984, Page 2B.
  • The Miami Herald, Esther de los Llanos Gort of Pioneer Cuban Family, Page 3B
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