Jose Mallea is starting off his state House run strong, raising more than $50,000 in three weeks his campaign announced Wednesday.
The Miami Republican announced in March he was running to replace Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in House District 116. According to Mallea’s campaign, he raised $50,000 since filing to run for office on March 9. Campaign finance records weren’t immediately available on the state’s Division of Elections website.
“We are off to a strong start,” said Mallea. “I’m so grateful for the friends and community members who are excited about partnering with us in this campaign. I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard to get our conservative message of fiscal responsibility and job creation out to the hardworking families of District 116.”
Mallea, the owner of JM Global consulting, ran Sen. Marco Rubio’s successful U.S. Senate campaign in 2010. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. He’s also served stints with the federal government, working at the U.S. Department of State and the White House.
State records show Republican Daniel Anthony Perez has also filed to run for the seat.