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State Rep. Erik Fresen faces challenge in the November election

State Rep. Erik Fresen is one of Miami-Dade’s better known state lawmakers — and as education budget chairman, among the most powerful.

Yet, he is the only Republican member of Miami-Dade’s legislative delegation facing a serious challenge in the Nov. 4 election.

The Democratic candidate, U.S. Army veteran and healthcare administrator Daisy Baez, has raised more than $187,000 for her campaign and has commercials airing on Miami TV stations. Ross Hancock, who nearly beat Fresen in 2012, is running again as an independent candidate.

Democrats say Baez could defeat the incumbent for House District 114. They point out that the district includes left-leaning communities like Pinecrest and Cutler Bay — and that Fresen won by a narrow margin in 2012.

"It is definitely a swing seat," said state Sen. Dwight Bullard, who is chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. "And in the southern part of the district, Daisy fares very well."

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