Two competitive South Florida House races get cash boost

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Two competitive Florida House races received infusions of campaign cash in the recent quarter, reports Kathleen McGrory of the Miami Herald.

Health care executive Daisy Baez, a Miami Democrat challenging GOP Rep. Erik Fresen, added more than $50,000 in contributions, with $3,066 in-kind, to her campaign for the House District 114 seat, according to state Division of Elections.

Fresen, who is serving a third term in the House, took in $8,150 for a total to $59,000. A third candidate, Republican Amory Bodin, filed a waiver of report.

House District 114 includes portions of Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay.

In the nearby House District 112, the race to represent parts of Miami-Dade County is heating up.

First-term Rep. José Javier Rodríguez, received $10,405, to give the Democrat to a total of just over $41,000, McGrory writes.

Attorney Daniel Diaz Leyva, raised $65,530 in the same reporting period, between July 1 and Sept. 30.

House District 112 includes the southern Miami-Dade communities of Brickell, the Roads, Coconut Grove and sections of Little Havana and Coral Gables.

The District 112 race is shaping up to be a conflict between two promising newcomers. Diaz Leyva is one of the emerging conservatives in the Republican Party of Florida, and at the age of 35, Rodríguez is considered one of the rising stars of the Democratic Party.

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