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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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Miami mayor backs SD 36 candidate Manny Diaz

Current state Rep. Manny Diaz continues his charge to the Florida Senate after pulling in another endorsement from a Miami-Dade County mayor.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is the latest to back Diaz, announcing his support for Diaz’s Senate District 36 bid.

“I’m honored to have Mayor Suarez’s support,” Diaz, a Republican, said.

“He is an outstanding leader and public servant, and I’m grateful to have him join the other local leaders from across Miami-Dade who have joined our team. I look forward to continuing a strong partnership with them as we serve the best interests of our communities together.”

Mayor Suarez had previously served on the Miami City Commission after he won the District 4 seat back in 2009. He remained in that role until winning the mayoral race last year with an overwhelming 86 percent of the vote.

Suarez also serves as vice-chair of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization and is a former president of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

Suarez’s family has strong political ties to Miami. His father, Xavier, is a current Miami-Dade County Commissioner and also served as mayor of Miami in the late 1990s.

Diaz hopes the latest endorsement helps propel him from the Florida House to the Senate. He’s already earned endorsements from the mayors of Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Doral, Miami Lakes, and Medley.

Diaz has represented House District 103 since 2012 but is now seeking to replace GOP Sen. Rene Garcia in SD 36. Garcia is term-limited.

“Manny Diaz is a compassionate leader who will be very effective in the Florida Senate,” Suarez said. “In the Florida House, he has demonstrated strong commitment to the communities he represents, and I am confident he will serve Senate District 36 with the same determination and responsiveness. I look forward to working with him.”

Diaz is the only Republican who has entered the SD 36 race. Only Muhammad Amin has filed as a Democrat.

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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

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