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Jeb Bush makes endorsement in special Florida House race


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made a foray Tuesday into a special Florida House election in Miami, endorsing one of two Republicans who have entered the race so far.

Bush backed Jose Mallea, one of his former aides, for House District 116. 

"There is no question Jose Mallea is the right leader for District 116," Bush said in a statement. "Jose has an inspiring personal story of working hard to achieve success in both business and public service, and now wants to ensure that same American dream is attainable for everyone, not just a select few. I know that Jose will effectively put his conservative principles and leadership skills to work in Tallahassee for the community he loves and for our great state.”"

Mallea was senior adviser to Bush's 2016 presidential campaign. He also worked as special assistant in the White House for Andrew Card, former President George W. Bush's chief of staff.

The other Republican candidate in the contest is Daniel Anthony Perez. Qualifying for the ballot ends June 6.