Jose Oliva, Ray Rodrigues file for 2016 re-election bids

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State Rep. Jose Oliva, who is in line to be House speaker, filed paperwork for a 2016 re-election run, according to the Division of Elections. Oliva, the Miami Lakes Republican who is expected to become Speaker in 2018, easily won election Nov. 4 in Miami-Dade County’s House District 110.

Opening a campaign account this week for a 2016 re-election bid was Republican Rep. Ray Rodrigues, who easily won re-election on Nov. 4 in House District 76, which covers parts of Lee County.

Miami Republican Jose Pazos also filed to run in 2016 for House District 114. Pazos is the third candidate to take initial steps to succeed Rep. Erik Fresen, the Miami Republican facing term limits in 2016.

In part, filing paperwork with the state allows candidates to raise money for their campaigns.

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