republican consultant Vicky Lopez dropped out of his candidacy for the Florida Senate to contest the GOP ticket in a race for the House 113 district, which spans a significant portion of Miami-Dade County, including the heartland of Miami and Key Biscayne.

Lopez’s campaign announced the change Friday in a joint statement with the new Senate president. Kathleen Passidomowho thanked Lopez for switching contests to “avoid a contentious primary battle” in Senate District 38.

“Vicki will be a great fighter for the people of House District 113, and I look forward to working with her when she is elected,” Passidomo said.

A longtime political activist, Lopez is a former member of the Lee County commission. His background includes state-appointed positions specializing in education, prison rehabilitation, and justice reform in the Senate and under former governors. Jeb Bush, charlie christ and Rick Scott.

She has also held several leadership positions in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

“I have dedicated my entire career to public service and look forward to leading on important issues for the District, such as tackling rising property insurance costs, keeping our communities safe, creating quality housing for the workforce and the protection of our constitutional rights, she said.

Lopez’s departure from the Senate race means a new Republican nominee Alexis Calatyud will have a clear road to the general election, where she will face the first Democratic candidate Janelle Perez for the SD 38 open seat.

Perez has raised $438,000 since August. Calatayud, who announced his intention to run for office on March 30, has yet to report anything between his campaign account and the soon-to-be-formed political committee, Vision and Integrity for Florida.

In HD 113, Lopez will face at least two Republican opponents: Anthony Byrdsonga former Washington-area event planner and current student living in Miami Beach, and Venezuelan American Republican Alliance member Alberto Perosch.

Perosch, a former chairman of several now dormant Florida corporations who rubbed shoulders with several GOP bigwigs in the state, including the governor. Ron DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor. Jeanette Nunez, has raised around $162,000 since entering the race in February. Of that amount, $150,000 came from his own bank account.

Bydsong also runs a mostly self-funded campaign and has loaned his campaign nearly $15,000.

The winner of the three-way Republican primary will face the winner of a two-way Democratic contest between Biscayne Neighbors Association President Andres Althabe and lawyer AJ D’Amicoincluding the outgoing representative. Nick Duran designated as his preferred successor.

Althabe has raised over $59,000 since filing to stream on HD 113 on February 2, including over $7,000 last month. D’Amico, meanwhile, added more than $12,000 in April to take his total earnings to $79,000.

Lopez has been campaigning for less than two months, but she is already in second place in total funds raised. As of April 30, she held $142,000 between her campaign account and political committee, common sense government.

That figure is now over $150,000, his campaign said on Friday.

A significant portion of his April haul came from personal checks. More than 130 people have given Lopez in increments as low as $25.

His largest individual donation, a check for $5,000, came from the philanthropist Melinda Brown Gonzalezmember of the board of directors of Agape Network, a nonprofit faith-based rehabilitation health center for women and families in Miami. She is the wife of the Chairman and CEO of City National Bank Jorge Gonzalez.

influential lobbyist Ron’s bookfather of the Senate Democratic leader Laurent Bookdonated $2,500.

George Williamson from miami Williamson Buick GMC donated $2,000.

Head of TD Bank Philippe Basultoformer president of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, donated $1,000. So done Pedro Munilladirector of a construction company based in South Miami MCM.

Lopez’s biggest wins were a pair of $7,500 donations. One came from BBB Supplies, a Miami-based durable goods company. The other came from Law Firms of Fernando Pomares.

Other donations included $5,000 from Steele and Associates Claims Management Specialists¸$2,500 from Miami Global Marketing Group LLC and $1,000 from the new Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. political committee, Best Education in Florida.


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