Architect Orlando Lamas raised another $16,000 in June, according to new fundraising numbers released by his campaign.
That would mean Lamas has raised around $70,000 in outside cash since entering the race for House District 111 in early March. Lamas has also put in more than $35,000 of his own money via a loan, but it’s unclear how far he’ll dip into that pot.
Candidates and political committees face a Monday deadline to report all financial activity through June 30. Lamas’ June numbers aren’t yet available on the Division of Elections website, but his campaign put out a release Tuesday afternoon touting the June haul.
“I am truly honored to have received this much early financial support from my friends and family,” Lamas said in a written statement. “I want to represent the community where I have lived for over two decades. I will continue to work hard and to earn the support of my community.”
Lamas is competing for the Republican nomination against Hialeah Council member Vivian Casals-Munoz. Casals-Munoz has also not posted her June fundraising numbers, but she showed $0 raised in May, her first full month as a candidate.
GOP Rep. Bryan Avila, the current Speaker Pro Tempore in the House, represents the district but is term-limited heading into 2022.
Lamas attended the University of Florida for undergraduate studies before earning a master’s degree in architecture at UF. Since 2000, Lamas has headed a construction firm, Three County Construction. In 2003 he launched his own architecture firm as well. He has served on the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board.
HD 111 is a Republican-leaning district. Last November, Avila won reelection by about 30 points. That was the second-largest of his four General Election wins, and he won every race by at least 19 percentage points.
The district spans parts of Miami-Dade County including Miami Springs, Virginia Gardens and portions of Miami, including Miami International Airport.