State Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez, R-Doral, is rounding up some top Republicans behind her as she looks to move to the state Senate in 2020.
This week, Rodriguez rounded up two major endorsements. On Monday, term limited Sen. Antire Flores, R-Miami, announced that she wanted Rodriguez to replace her in the Senate representing all of Monroe County and parts of Miami Dade.
“Ana Maria Rodriguez understands the unique challenges and opportunities facing the hardworking people of South Florida,” said Flores. “As a working mother and a leader in our community, she will be the strong advocate we need in Tallahassee.”
“I am honored to have the support of an incredible South Florida leader like Senator Flores,” said Rodriguez. “The strength of the team we are building will ensure our reach across the district as we begin this very important conversation with the people of South Florida.”
Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez endorsed Rodriguez on Tuesday.
“South Florida needs and deserves a strong leader like Ana Maria Rodriguez in the Florida Senate,” said Nuñez. “As a working mother and a community leader, Ana Maria has proven she understands the challenges and opportunities facing the people of South Florida. I am proud to stand with my friend, Ana Maria Rodriguez.”
“Lieutenant Governor Nuñez is a friend and a mentor and I am honored to have her support and confidence,” said Rodriguez. “The decisions being made in Tallahassee today will impact the people of South Florida for generations to come, and I look forward to fighting for our communities from Miami-Dade to Monroe Counties.”
First elected to the Florida House last year, Rodriguez also served on the Doral City Council. She does not have an open shot at the Republican nomination as educator, songwriter and community activist Angie Chirino is also running in the primary. Pinecrest Vice Mayor Anna Hotchkammer is running for the Democratic nomination.
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