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Marili Cancio files to run against Annette Taddeo for Miami-Dade state Senate seat

Marili Cancio

The Republican Party finally has its candidate to run for Florida’s 40th Senate District, and it’s not Frank Artiles.

Marili Cancio, an attorney and Miami Dade College Trustee, filed Tuesday to run a campaign against Annette Taddeo.

" I think I’d be an effective legislator who can bring dollars to South Florida," Cancio said.

Cancio is a frequent contributor to Spanish-language news stations. She was appointed to her position by Gov. Rick Scott, and has defended Donald Trump on social media.

Artiles, who was forced to resign from the seat last year amid a controversy over racial remarks, still has a campaign account open and has hinted that he’d run again. But he hasn’t raised a dollar in more than a year, and Cancio’s candidacy makes it more likely that the party’s leadership was not supportive of an Artiles comeback.