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A smokin' fundraiser for Manny Diaz Jr.

Picture 8HD 103 is one of those Miami races to watch, pitting Manny Diaz Jr. against Miami-Dade School Board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla, who entered the race late and trails Diaz about $30k to $40k cash on hand as of the last reporting period, according to the state elections division.**

While DLP has the name (and a current and former state Senator for brothers), Diaz has the endorsements. He's holding a fundraiser Tuesday, June 26th at the Miami Lakes-based Oliva Cigar Company, owned by state Rep. Jose Oliva. The host committee: Commissioner Steve Bovo, Mayor Yioset De La Cruz, Senator Rene Garcia, Mayor Carlos Hernandez, Representative Jose Oliva, Mayor Julio Robaina, and Representative Eddy Gonzalez.

** Update: since posting this, Diaz de la Portilla complained that the state numbers are wrong because they don't reflect his school board money contributions, which has transferred to his state race. Factor that in, he says, and he's leading Diaz in fundraising $78,750 to $52,576. Also, he says, he has been endorsed by former Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart, which trumps Diaz's endorsements, he says. 


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Informed Voter

I have never been a great fan of Renier Diaz de la Portilla, but if his opponent is Manny Diaz I will do anything I can to help Reneir. We need a candidate who talks about what he will do for our community and not just run an nasty attack campaing like Diaz did last time. Our community deserves better than Manny Diaz

Another Informed voter

I'm with Informed Voter. Manny Diaz ran a dirty campaigned filled with lies against Perla Hantman who has been a reasonable, moderate, and great voice and leader for our public schools. If that's what he's looking to do again, I'll do anything I can to make sure he never has a position of power. Renier DLP is certainly the lesser evil here.

An informed voter

Reasonable, moderate, maybe many years ago. It was shame to see how Honorable Perla Hantman allowed her campaign manager/supporters to change their strategy and put out a card after 2:00pm on the day of election claiming the support of Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and a few others to get ahead in the race Manny Diaz, Jr., was close to winning. Manny Diaz Jr. a former teacher and current Assistant Principal was only seeking the opportunity to make a change . They need to realize that it is time to let go and allow younger individuals the opportunity to bring new ideas and visions to the school board. Do your research, talk to people and you will realize Hantman is no longer who people think and who she claims to be. Then ask yourself who was running the dirty campaign?

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