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Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, answers a question on his Florida Education Finance Program bill on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo by Phil Sears)

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Hialeah mayor endorses Manny Diaz in SD 36 contest

Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez is endorsing state Rep. Manny Diaz for the Senate District 36 seat.

Diaz, a Republican, has his eyes on the Florida Senate after serving in the House since 2012. That experience drew the attention of Hernandez and drove him to an endorsement.

“Manny Diaz is a proven leader and will be an outstanding senator,” said Hernandez. “Throughout his time in the Florida House, he has been a solid advocate for our community, and we need his forward-thinking leadership in the Senate. I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship as we work on a range of issues that make a difference in the lives of our constituents.”

Hernandez has served as Hialeah mayor since 2011. Diaz was thankful for the endorsement, saying: “It is truly an honor to have Mayor Hernandez’s support. Throughout his entire career, he has been a model of distinguished public service, and I appreciate his vote of confidence in me. I look forward to continuing to work with him to make our community even stronger.”

SD 36 covers portions of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The seat is currently held by Republican Rene Garcia, who is term-limited.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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