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Diaz to resign Florida House seat so he can run for Senate

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To run in a special Florida Senate election, state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz will resign from the House later this year, according to a letter he filed late last week with the state division of elections.

Diaz's resignation will be effective Sept. 26, the day Gov. Rick Scott set for the special Senate District 40 election.

The Miami Republican submitted his resignation last Thursday. Florida law requires candidates in state office to resign to run for another state seat. The deadline to do so was Saturday.

Diaz is running to replace Sen. Frank Artiles, who resigned last month from his competitive Southwest Miami-Dade County seat. Other Republicans in the race include former Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla and attorney Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck.

Candidates have until next Wednesday to qualify for the ballot. Diaz's resignation will require a special election to replace him.

View Diaz's letter here.

Photo credit: Mark Wallheiser, Associated Press