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Javier Fernandez files for Daisy Baez’s House seat

Javier Fernandez, a 42-year-old South Miami attorney, filed his candidacy on Tuesday to represent House District 114, and replace Daisy Baez.

Baez resigned from the Legislature this month after a House investigation into and even criminal case over her residency.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to bring much-needed change to Tallahassee, where priorities have become badly out of step with the voters,” said Fernandez, a first-time candidate for office.

Fernandez said he wants to enact common-sense solutions for rising sea levels that already pose a threat to areas across Miami-Dade.

Javier is married to Dr. Anna Maria Patino-Fernandez, a clinical child psychologist, according to a release. “They have two children, Susanna and Lucas.”

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Ana covers politics and policy for Florida Politics. Before joining Florida Politics, she was the legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press and covered policy issues impacting immigration, the environment, criminal justice and social welfare in Florida. She holds a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University. After graduating in 2014, she worked as a criminal justice reporter for the Monterey Herald and the Monterey County Weekly. She has also freelanced for The Washington Post at the U.S.-Mexico border covering crime in the border city of Tijuana, where she grew up. Ana is fluent in Spanish and has intermediate proficiency in Portuguese.

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