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TALLAHASSEE, FLA.10/25/17-Rep. Robert Asencio, D-Miami, left, and Rep. Patricia Williams, D-Lauderdale Lakes, listen during the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, Wednesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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Robert Asencio gets a walking buddy for campaign trail

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois is set to join state Rep. Robert Asencio for canvassing on Friday.

Gutierrez will go door-to-door with Asencio across House District 118.

Asencio, the Democratic incumbent, is defending his seat against Republican challenger Anthony Rodriguez.

Gutierrez and Asencio will visit voters in Tamiami, Kendall, The Crossings, Kendale Lakes, and Country Walk, according to a release from the Asencio campaign.

The two legislators, both of Puerto Rican descent, have spoken out regarding the response to Hurricane Maria hitting the island last year.

They also were among a contingent of Puerto Rican officials across the U.S. to endorse Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign earlier this week.

“The Congressman is in Miami to work with and build support for fellow Puerto Rican leaders ahead of the 2018 midterm elections,” said the Asencio campaign of Gutierrez.

Gutierrez is not seeking re-election in 2018. Friday’s canvassing event will run 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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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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