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David Rivera files to run for HD 105

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Former Republican state representative and congressman David Rivera has filed to run for House District 105 in 2018, which is set to be vacated by Miami Republican Carlos Trujillo due to term limits.

Rivera served in the Florida House for four terms before heading to the U.S. House where he served 2 years before losing his re-election bid to former Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia.

Garcia himself only held the seat for two years before he was knocked out by Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo in 2014.

The Miami Republican dipped his toe back into politics in the HD 118 seat last year, but lost a tight contest to freshman Democratic Rep. Robert Ascensio for the Miami-Dade seat.

Rivera filed his paperwork to run for HD 105, which covers pasts of Broward, Collier and Miami-Dade counties, on Wednesday and is the second candidate in the race alongside fellow Republican Ana Maria Rodriguez of Doral.

The district has a Republican lean despite voter registrations coming out almost even between the two parties. According to 2016 data, the HD 105 has 25,983 registered Democrats, 25,404 registered Republicans and another 27,393 voters not affiliated with either major party.

Last year, Trujillo cruised into his final term with 52.4 percent of the vote compared to 47.6 percent for Democrat Patricio Moreno.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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