Orlando Lamas announces that $ 150,000 has been raised for the HD 111 bid ahead of the official fundraising report


Just days before the deadline by which candidates must report all of the last month’s fundraisers, Republicans said Orlando llamas announced on Wednesday that its campaign has amassed more than $ 150,000 since it was filed for House District 111 in March.

Lamas, an architect and general contractor who was born and raised in Hialeah, is running to succeed the Republican representative. Bryan Avila, who will hit tenure limits next year and run for the Miami-Dade County Commission.

The Lamas’ campaign reported that by October 31, it had raised nearly $ 118,000, including at least $ 40,500 from its own money.

Hence, Lamas claims to have raised more than $ 32,000 in November – more than double that his best single month profit since April. His campaign has yet to submit its official fundraising report from last month.

“I will continue to work hard to earn the voice of the community in which I have lived most of my life,” he said in a prepared statement, describing himself as an “outsider with no political agenda.”

To judge by his Twitter page, Lamas seem to be working on becoming less of the so-called outsider. Between August and December, he posted several photos of himself and Avila working together in the community, including backpacking, Thanksgiving meals, and a breast cancer event.

Other photos show lamas swearing in Hialeah Mayor Esteban “Steve” Bovo Jr., for which he campaigned, and at other events in addition to Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., Hialeah Councilor Jesus Tundido and Sweetwater Commissioner Ian Vallecillo, among other.

He also attended an event of the Christian Family Coalition from Floridawho is “working to introduce family-friendly legislation at the state and local levels”. Among the causes of the group: Opponent of same-sex marriage and support an invoice Transgender women are excluded from high school and college sports.

From a fundraising perspective, however, llamas have yet to tap the deep pockets of Tallahassee insiders, lobbyists, and political committees. So far, his campaign has been primarily grassroots, accepting donations from small businesses in South Florida and one-off donations between $ 5 and $ 1,000.

HD 111 is entirely located in Miami-Dade County and encompasses Miami Springs, Virginia Gardens and part of Miami, including the county’s main economic engine, Miami International Airport. The district rejects the Republicans and re-elected Avila last November with around 30 points.

Llamas compete for the Republican nomination against the Hialeah councilor Vivian Casals-Muñoz, who is the event manager in the historical Hialeah Park Casino.

Apart from a $ 10,000 in July, Casals-Muñoz has not collected or spent anything since the start of their campaign in May, according to the Election split in Florida.

Lamas, on the other hand, owns and runs several Miami-based companies, including design-build firms Construction in three counties, Compliance company Fix my code violation, as well as construction and architecture office Studio Lamas Architects.

Since graduating with a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida in 2000, Lamas has worked on projects such as Dolphin Mall and Bayside Marketplace. He is also a co-owner of “Multiple Miami Dade Restaurants,” a press release from the public relations firm The frontline agency called.

Florida Politics has requested a comment from the Lamas’ campaign and will update this post upon receipt.

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