Alex Diaz de la Portilla files to run for State Senate seat

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Former Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla has filed to run for a state Senate seat, District 35, currently held by Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami. Diaz de la Portilla, a Republican who formerly represented District 36, had been planning to run for a House seat, and had filed the paperwork to do so, but on Friday filed to instead for the Senate. His brother, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, is already in the Senate, having replaced Alex in District 36 in 2010 when Alex Diaz de la Portilla left the Senate because of term limits. Another Diaz de la Portilla brother, Renier, is running for a House seat. According to the Division of Elections, Alex Diaz de la Portilla officially made the switch on Friday.

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