The Javier Enriquez campaign announced Wednesday they’ve added the support of Coral Gables Mayor Raul Valdes-Fauli in the contest for House District 114.
The news comes the same week as Valdes-Fauli appeared in an ad backing Donna Shalala in the Democratic primary for Florida’s 27th Congressional District.
But in HD 114, the Mayor has decided to endorse the Republican.
“Javier Enriquez will be an excellent State Representative,” said Valdes-Fauli.
“Javier is deeply rooted in our community and is committed to serving the friends and neighbors he grew up with and works alongside today. I look forward to working with him to continuing to keep our area strong and moving forward.”
Enriquez is competing against incumbent state Rep. Javier Fernandez, a Democrat. Fernandez only recently took over the seat, winning a special election in early May.
“I am honored to have Mayor Valdes-Fauli’s support,” said Enriquez.
“He sets a high standard for public service, and I look forward to working with him to serve the citizens of the community I love.”
Valdes Fauli was re-elected last year, after previously serving as Mayor of Coral Gables from 2003-2011. He also is a practicing attorney in the area of banking law.
Enriquez and Fernandez are set to face off for the seat in November, as both are unopposed in their respective primaries.
HD 114 covers parts of Miami-Dade County including West Miami and Cutler Bay.