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Hialeah lawmaker eyes Florida Senate seat in two years



Fresh off reelection to his third term in the Florida House, Hialeah Republican Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. is already planning his political future.

Diaz opened a campaign account Monday to run in 2018 for Florida Senate District 36 -- which current state Sen. René García, R-Hialeah, will vacate in two years because of term limits.

The north Miami-Dade County seat overlaps largely with Diaz's House district -- an area that includes Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Miami Lakes and Doral.

Diaz is expected to have a powerful role in the Florida House for the 2016-18 term when it comes to education matters. He is likely to be named as an appropriations chairman for one of the subcommittees overseeing education spending.

It is quite common for lawmakers to open campaign accounts almost immediately after being elected or re-elected, so that they can begin fundraising for their next campaign.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 1:27pm]


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