Attorney Javier Enriquez is now out front in the fundraising race for House District 114.
Enriquez, a Miami Republican, pulled in more than $20,000 in May according to reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections. A bulk of that money came from attorneys and law firms in Miami-Dade County.
Enriquez is slated to challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Javier Fernandez for the HD 114 seat. Fernandez pulled in just over $3,000 in May.
The candidates’ fundraising gap is mitigated somewhat by the fact Fernandez’s fundraising period only covers the final seven days of May. Enriquez’s report covers a more extensive period, from May 4 onward.
Fernandez is a newly-elected representative, earning the HD 114 seat in a special election on May 1. The seat opened up after former Rep. Daisy Baez resigned last year.
Fernandez also faces a nominal primary challenger on the Democratic side. Alberto Santana filed to run back in March, but has not yet registered any fundraising information with the state.
That leaves Enriquez and Fernandez as the likely nominees come November.
HD 114 covers a portion of Miami-Dade County. The district has seen some tight races in recent elections, leaving this year’s contest open to either party.