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Oliva wins Florida House race to replace Bovo

Hialeah businessman Jose Oliva beat two other Republicans to fill a vacant seat in the Florida House in Tuesday’s special election.

The race was part of the political domino effect triggered by the March 15 recall election. The three candidates vied to replace Esteban Bovo, a Hialeah Republican who resigned in his successful bid to replace ousted County Commissioner Natacha Seijas.

On the ballot for House District 110: Frank Lago, 30, the chief of staff for the mayor of Sweetwater, Manny Maroño; Oliva, 38, a cigar business owner and former Hialeah Housing Authority commissioner; and Rafael “Ralph” Perez, 35, a general contractor and former legislative aide to Marco Rubio when the U.S. senator was a state representative.

The relatively unknown candidates had a sprint of a race to establish a name for themselves in the heavily Republican district, which includes parts of Hialeah and Miami Lakes.

Full story by Laura Isensee here.