Former state Rep. Ana Rivas Logan said Thursday she's running for former state Sen. Frank Artiles' seat.
Rivas Logan is the third Hispanic Democratic woman to announce her candidacy, after state Rep. Daisy Baez of Coral Gables and businesswoman Annette Taddeo.
The difference, Rivas Logan said, is that she's already won elections in parts of Artiles' Southwest Miami-Dade County district. Her name recognition will help her in the quick-turnaround special election, she said.
"It's not about who can win a primary," she said. "It's about who can flip the seat blue."
Artiles, a Republican, resigned last month after unleashing a diatribe of sexist and racist insults to two African-American senators. Republican Gov. Rick Scott set the special primary to replace him for July 25, and the general election for Sept. 26. Candidates must qualify to run by May 31.
Rivas Logan, a Cuban-American born in Nicaragua, ran for Senate District 40 last year but lost the rowdy Democratic primary to former Sen. Dwight Bullard. She nevertheless finished ahead of businessman Andrew Korge, who had far outraised her.
A former (nonpartisan) Miami-Dade School Board member from 2004-10, Rivas Logan served one term in the state House from 2010-12 as a Republican. She publicly disavowed the GOP and became a Democrat in 2014.
"This is basically my old school board seat," she said Thursday. "Independents and Republicans have voted for me."
She and her teacher friends plan to campaign door-to-door in the district starting Monday, Rivas Logan said.
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