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State House candidates raise big bucks in February

If campaign finance reports are any indication, at least two Florida House races are heating up.

State Rep. Erik Fresen, who is running for reelection in House District 114, raised $93,240 in February, state elections records show. His top contributors included charter school companies, education consultants, South Florida businesses, the state manufacturers association and the safety net hospitals political committee.

All told, Fresen has raised $260,239 for his reelection campaign.

"Given how much my opponent raised out of the gate, I figured I would maintain my competitive advantage," Fresen said.

Democrat Daisy Baez took in nearly $50,000 in the three months after she announced her candidacy. 

Her February numbers were more modest. Her total haul for the month, $8,506, included $1,000 contributions from the Lucida Treatment Center in California and Coral Gables art gallerist Sergio Cernuda.

Still, Baez's $81,445 total campaign war chest is nothing to sneeze at.

A third candidate, Republican Amory Bodin, has not raised any money.

The candidates in the competitive District 112 race also had a busy February.

Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, a Miami Democrat, raised $24,500, state records show. So far, he has collected $117,976 for his campaign.

Republican candidate Daniel Diaz Leyva, meanwhile, picked up $10,622 in contributions last month, increasing his total to $141,762.