Daniel Diaz Leyva hits $200,000 raised mark in House District 112 race

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First-time candidate Daniel Diaz Leyva announced he has surpassed $200,000 in fundraising for the Florida House District 112 race.

Diaz Leyva is the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic state Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez for the district that includes Coconut Grove, Brickell, the Roads and sections of Coral Gables and Little Havana.

Although the official Division of Elections figures are pending, Diaz Leyva’s campaign released a statement saying the candidate continues to lead Rodriguez in the money race.

As the second non-incumbent to have surpassed $200,000 to date, Diaz Leyva — who is not facing a primary challenge — is also only one of a handful of House candidates, including incumbents, to reach that mark.

In addition to a strong week of fundraising, Diaz Leyva earned the endorsements of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Medical Association and the Associated Builders and Contractors. He also received the backing of former Gov. Jeb Bush, current state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and the entire Republican Miami-Dade House Delegation, including state Rep. Jose Oliva.

“I am very proud of Danny,” said state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz. “He is doing all the right things; he has raised more money and knocked on more doors than his opponent. He has put himself in a position to win this race,”

Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford appointed Diaz -Leyva to the board of directors of Florida Health Choices, a government corporation established to help residents find affordable, quality health care through a competitive health insurance market.

Last week, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country, recognized the District 112 race as the only Florida race in its “14 to watch in ’14.”

The RSLC is the only national organization dedicated to electing Republicans to state offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state and legislator.

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