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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 Springs mayor backs Manny Diaz in SD 36 race

Yet another Miami-Dade County mayor has thrown his support behind Manny Diaz in the race for Senate District 36.

Miami Springs Mayor Billy Bain became the eighth Miami-Dade mayor to give Diaz the nod.

“There is no question in my mind that Diaz’s record makes him the best choice for this Senate seat,” said Bain. “He has dedicated his career to serving his community, in education and in the Florida House, and I know we can count on him to deliver the kind of strong leadership we need in the Florida Senate.”

Bain is a local businessman who was elected Mayor of Miami Springs last year.

The news comes after endorsements last week from Virginia Gardens Mayor Spencer Deno IV and outgoing state Sen. Rene Garcia, who Diaz is running to replace. Diaz has also been endorsed by the mayors of Miami, Hialeah and Miami Lakes, among others.

“I’m proud to have Mayor Bain’s support,” said Diaz in a statement on the endorsement. “Serving as mayor is not easy, and I’m grateful for the public service of Mayor Bain and all the mayors supporting our campaign. I look forward to continuing to work with all of them as we serve our friends and neighbors in our communities.”

Diaz is pursuing the SD 36 seat after representing Florida House District 103 since 2012. He’s the overwhelming favorite in the SD 36 race, as his only Democratic opponent, Muhammad Amin, has not listed any fundraising activity with the Florida Division of Elections.

SD 36 covers portions of Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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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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