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County commissioner under investigation draws opponent

Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, who is under investigation by the Broward state attorney's office, now has an opponent.

Republican Christopher Max Ziadie of Pembroke Pines filed late last week. He was heading into a meeting and didn't have much time to talk but told us that he is the store director of a Toys R'Us, has never run for office and has never been involved with a campaign or been a member of a Republican club.

Prosecutors haven't been specific about their investigation but have said it relates to the commissioner's business dealings. They sent subpoenas to several cities where her grants writing husband Richard Rubin did work for in the past.

In 2008, Wasserman-Rubin paid a $15,000 for violating state ethics laws related to voting for a grant her husband wrote. She said she didn't know he earned extra money for the grant, and he has said he no longer does work in Broward. 

The county commissioner has raised about $158,000 and spent slightly less than one-third on her campaign.

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