HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — The flags of the U.S. and Florida are being flown at half-staff Saturday to commemorate a former state representative.
John Patrick Julien died on Friday from cancer. He was 50.
The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/16wuPDh ) Julien was an independent political thinker and fiscal conservative. Though a registered Democrat, critics often accused him of being Republican at heart.
Julien was first elected to the North Miami Beach council in 2005 and served one term in the state House of Representatives.
He was born in Haiti and came to the U.S. with his parents as a child. He grew up as the youngest of six in New York and moved to Florida in the 1980s.
In a statement, House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston called Julien one of the caucus' "most memorable colleagues."