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Democrat to announce challenge to David Rivera

State Rep. Luis Garcia, a Miami Democrat, has issued a press release touting an announcement the lawmaker will make Wednesday at Tamiami Park.

Sounds like Garcia may announce that he will run for U.S. Congress against Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican elected last year under a cloud of investigation over his personal finances and campaign accounts. Rivera's latest campaign fundraising numbers, released last week, show the congressman is having trouble raising money.

Members of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which recruits candidates to run for office, met with Garcia in Washington D.C. earlier this year to discuss a possible challenge to Rivera.

Rivera represents western Miami-Dade and eastern Collier counties, though the shape of his district is expected to change when state lawmakers redraw district lines next year. Garcia, a former Miami Beach fire chief and city commissioner, does not live in the district as it is currently drawn.

Last year, Garcia made headlines after narrowly winning reelection -- one of few Democratic incumbents who was not unseated in a wildly successful year for Republicans.

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