Add Frank Artiles to the list of lawmakers running for re-election in 2018.
State elections records show more than 50 members of the House and Senate have already filed to run for re-election in two years. While many of those are incumbents who faced little-to-no opposition in 2016, some came off hard-fought battles to secure their spot in the Florida Legislature.
Artiles won his Senate District 40 seat in November, defeating Democratic Sen. Dwight Bullard, a long-time Miami-Dade lawmaker. Artiles received 51 percent of the vote, compared to Bullard’s 41 percent.
The Miami Republican will serve as the chairman of the Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities committee during the 2016-18 term. He’s also the vice-chairman of the Government Oversight and Accountability committee, and scored a seat on two appropriations subcommittees.
In the Florida House, Reps. Cord Byrd, Jason Fischer, David Silvers, Nicholas Xavier Duran, Daisy Baez, and Robert Asencio have all filed for re-election.