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Republican Diaz Leyva announces candidacy for House District 112


State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, a Democrat, has drawn a Republican challenger for the 2014 election: Miami attorney Daniel Diaz Leyva

The two will battle to represent House District 112, which includes Brickell, the Roads, Coconut Grove and parts of Coral Gables and Little Havana.

Both candidates are young, Cuban-American attorneys who are considered rising stars in their respective circles.

Rodriguez, a Harvard grad, is serving his first term in office. He defeated former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla in a hard-fought race last year.

Diaz Leyva works for the law firm Infante Zumpano. He was campaign chairman for state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, and was recently named to the Board of Directors of Florida Health Choices by House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.

Diaz Leyva filed to run Wednesday.

“Voters in my district, and across the state of Florida, crave fresh thinking and real leadership to solve our very real problems," he wrote in a statement announcing his candidacy. "I will provide a clear contrast embodied by vision, pragmatism and a set of core beliefs in what I hope will be a spirited campaign."