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Javier Fernandez says he’s willing to debate HD 114 opponent

State Rep. Javier Fernandez says he’s willing to debate his Republican opponent, Javier Enriquez, after Enriquez publicly called for debates prior to November’s election.

Fernandez, who won a special election in May 2018, says the issue of gun safety and public school funding should be at the top of the list of debate topics, should the two candidates meet.

He also listed “affordable housing, transportation and environmental resiliency” among concerns he hears from voters in the district.

“As I walk and knock on the doors of every home in District 114, I am awed by the hope constituents voice in what we can accomplish together,” Fernandez said.

“Their thoughtful solutions and support have fueled the confidence I have that we are on the threshold of real and sustainable change on fixing lax gun laws, and fairly funding Miami-Dade’s public schools including paying teachers a responsible wage.”

Fernandez, a Miami Democrat, has worked as an attorney for years and is the son of a teacher in the Miami-Dade Public Schools system. He is running uncontested in the Democratic primary, as is Enriquez on the Republican side.

HD 114 covers parts of Miami-Dade County including West Miami and Cutler Bay. The race between Fernandez and Enriquez could be a close one, as three of the last four elections in this district have been decided by less than five percentage points.

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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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