Former state judge Mary Barzee Flores (D), who Sen. Marco Rubio (R) blocked from being confirmed to a federal judgeship during the Obama Administration, announced that she will enter the open seat South Florida race to replace retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Miami). Ms. Flores becomes the seventh Democrat to declare her candidacy for the seat that may be the Democrats’ best national conversion opportunity. Some of the more notable Democratic candidates include state Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, state Rep. David Richardson, Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell, and Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez. Former Miami-Dade County School Board member Raquel Regalado, the daughter of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro lead the Republican candidate contingent.
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