Tom Fabricio tops Nelson Rodriguez in HD 103 GOP primary

Tom Fabricio
Fabricio now has the chance to unseat Democratic Rep. Cindy Polo.

Democratic Rep. Cindy Polo will face Tom Fabricio this fall after Fabricio defeated Nelson Rodriguez in the House District 103 Republican primary.

According to Tuesday’s unofficial results, Fabricio leads Rodriguez 60%-40%. Polo, who won the seat in 2018, is running unopposed on the Democratic side.

Fabricio, an attorney, led Rodriguez in both fundraising and in endorsements, and he earned a nod from former Senate President Mike Haridopolos last week.

Fabricio told FloridaPolitics he sought the seat because it’s where he went to school and where he’s raising his family. His priorities included reducing traffic congestion and highway tolls. He advocated for rideshare and hopes to pass legislation reducing the effects of rock mining blasting.

Rodriguez, the Vice Mayor of Miami Lakes, is a former firefighter and adjunct instructor at Miami Dade College. Polo defeated his predecessor, former Miami Lakes Vice Mayor Frank Mingo, by 6 percentage points to earn the HD 103 seat in 2018.

Mingo said last month he was backing Fabricio. Sen. Manny Diaz, who held the seat before Polo, also endorsed Fabricio.

Polo has been endorsed by the South Florida Council of Firefighters. She raised slightly more than anyone in the race, but because she is running unopposed, she has been able to preserve most of it. Her electoral priorities include common sense gun reform, Medicaid expansion, immigrants rights and civil rights.

HD 103 covers parts of Miami Lakes and Doral in Miami-Dade County and also extends into Miramar in Broward County.

The district has a population of 156,000.

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