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Frank Artiles announces he is running for Senate District 40, likely challenging Dwight Bullard

Frank ArtillesThe Senate shake-up continues as Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, told the Herald/Times Wednesday that he has decided to run for Senate District 40, the redrawn Miami-based district that now holds incumbent Sens. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, and Anitere Flores, R-Miami, which leans Democratic.

Bullard and Flores announced two weeks ago that Flores would move from the District 40 and run in the neighboring District 39, which includes the majority of her current district and the neighborhood in which she grew up. Bullard would run in District 40. Democrat Andrew Korge also announced Wednesday that he will file to run in District 39, likely against Flores.

The district is a likely toss-up district and voted to elect President Obama in 2012 by a 54.8 percent margin. It is also heavily Hispanic, with a 2010 Hispanic voting age population of 74.6 percent -- half of whom are Democrats -- and a black voting age population of only 9.5 percent.

"I am running for District 40,'' Artiles said  who was first elected to the House in 2010. "I will open my account and officially kick off my campaign post session, but I have every intention of running for that seat and running to win." 

Artiles is a Marine Corps veteran and lawyer who works as a public adjuster and appraiser.