Daniel Sotelo adds $ 77,000 in June, with the help of a $ 50,000 auto-loan for an HD 118 offer


Republican Daniel Enrique Sotelo cashed $ 76,750 in June as he ran for the District 118 seat vacated by the Republican representative. Anthony Rodriguez.

Sotelo is to date the only candidate registered for the competition. Rodriguez plans to leave the House after next year’s legislative session to run for a seat on the Miami-Dade County commission.

Sotelo raised $ 26,750 through 27 direct donations and added an additional $ 50,000 of his own money last month, according to the Florida Elections Division. Of that, he spent about $ 1,083.

Spends listed in his campaign include $ 204 for a website domain through GoDaddy.com, $ 191 for US Post, $ 50 for signage and business card company Vistaprint, and $ 27 for business solutions company Harland. Clarke.

Monday is the deadline for registered candidates to report any financial activity until June 30.

Sotelo filed a file on June 8 to attend Florida House Area 118, which is located entirely in Miami-Dade County and includes the West Dade neighborhoods of Tamiami, Kendale Lakes, The Crossings, Richmond Heights, Lindgren and Three Lakes.

The district also contains Miami Executive Airport.

According to Ballotpedia.org, Florida House District 118 is predominantly White (87%) and Hispanic (78%). Almost 78% of the population is of voting age.

When Rodriguez won his candidacy for re-election on November 3, 2020, a total of 78,278 voters were cast ballots.

Sotelo’s campaign site says he owns a small business “that runs various businesses” in South Florida.

The Florida Corporations Division features several companies registered under its name. All of them are in Hialeah, which is northeast of District 118. His campaign address – 13876 SW 56th St., Unit 215, Miami 33175 – is located in the district.

Calls to the phone number listed on Sotelo’s campaign materials went unanswered and were not returned on Friday at the time of publication.

Born in Havana, Cuba, he immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 and served four years in the US Air Force. His website says he has an MBA from Florida International University.

The 31-year-old’s listed priorities include choosing a school, creating “a good business environment that also helps create jobs”, supporting law enforcement, maintaining ‘low taxes, affordable housing, improved traffic flow in West Kendall and respect for’ values ​​and freedoms’.

Sotelo has become a perennial political candidate, but he has yet to win. Last year he raced for the Miami-Dade District Community Council but lost the non-partisan contest against Christian Cevallos, which obtained 50% of the vote against 28%. Karel Oramas ranked third in the race with 22%.

He also has briefly ran in 2019 for the Florida House seat representing District 105, which covers parts of Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties, but withdrew ahead of the Republican primary in August. Republican David Borrero ultimately won the race.

Sotero initially declared his candidacy for Senate District 39, but switched to run for the House.

In 2018, he ran as an independent for Florida House District 119. He got just over 4% of the vote, far behind the second Democrat. Heather Rassner and Republican winner Juan Fernandez-Barquin.

District 118 holder Rodriguez told Florida Politics last month that he leave the florida house to run for District 10 seat on the Miami-Dade Commission. This seat is currently occupied by Javier Souto, a former state senator who is due to step down next year due to term limits.

Souto has served on the county commission since 1993, winning six consecutive four-year terms on the powerful local legislative council.

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