Susi Loyzelle, Jean-Pierre Bado battle to keep HD 114 blue
Image via Facebook.

Susi Loyzelle
Republican candidate Demi Busatta Cabrera is running unopposed.

When Democratic Rep. Javier Fernandez was encouraged to run for the Senate, he left his current district vulnerable.

Now Susi Loyzelle and Jean-Pierre Bado will battle it out for a chance to retain it for Democrats.

Loyzelle and Bado will contest the Democratic primary in House District 114, and the winner on Tuesday night will go up against well-funded Republican candidate Demi Busatta Cabrera in November.

Cabrera, who is running unopposed, has been the most prolific fundraiser in the field, and she’s earned a key endorsement from the Florida chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFCSME). Cabrera has also been backed by the South Florida Council of Fire Fighters.

Loyzelle just entered the race two months ago. Loyzelle, the Vice Mayor of Cutler Bay, raised more than $30,000 in her brief tenure in the race, and Bado has raised more than $50,000.

Bado, a lawyer and U.S. Army veteran, was endorsed by the Florida chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU.) His campaign page pledges a fight for living wages and accessible health care, and he said the district needs to be vigilant against rising waters. He also advocates for common-sense gun reform.

Loyzelle, a graduate of St. Leo’s University, was first elected to Cutler Bay’s Town Council in 2011. She spent much of her professional career with the YMCA and has been a member of many local civic organizations.

Her electoral priorities include providing affordable health care and investing in education, and Loyzelle hopes to increase green building standards and de-carbonization policies if she wins the seat.

Busatta Cabrera, the former chief of staff for Sen. Anitere Flores, has raised more than $100,000. The Florida State University graduate said on her campaign page that she commits to supporting law enforcement and first responders, and she pledged to support additional funding for education including raises for teachers.

HD 114 covers parts of Miami-Dade County including West Miami and Cutler Bay.

Spencer Fordin

Spencer Fordin grew up in Port Washington, N.Y. and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. Before working for, he spent 16 seasons with and nearly three years as a general assignment reporter in the Cayman Islands. You can reach Spencer at [email protected].


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704