Carlos Trujillo to face GOP primary challenge in HD 105 race

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Incumbent Republican Rep. Carlos Trujillo has drawn a primary challenger for his House District 105 seat.

Republican Victor Dotres filed for the seat Feb. 8, becoming the only other candidate in the race besides Trujillo, who is finishing up his third term in the district, which covers parts of Collier, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Dotres, a teacher, has had a couple forays into politics, including an unsuccessful run for Lee County School Board in 2014. He also was running for the Lee County supervisor of elections post in 2016, but dropped out of the race after deciding to run for the HD 105 seat.

The Naples Republican already has some catching up to do on the campaign finance side. Through the end of January, Trujillo had about $94,000 on hand in his campaign account.

HD 105 has a pretty even split in voter registrations between the major parties, though no Democrat has been able to gain traction in the race. The last one to give it a shot, Carlos Pereira in 2014, lost 57-to-43 percent on Election Day.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.



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