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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Seven “no party affiliation” candidates have opened campaign accounts during the past month to run in 2016 for Miami-Dade County legislative seats, with five opening accounts last week.

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The no-party candidates have lined up to run against Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House.

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The no-party candidates are:

  • Mercedes Christian, who opened an account to run against Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, in Senate District 35.
  • Mario Jimenez, who opened an account to run against Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, in Senate District 37.
  • Sheila Lucas George and Alaina Pasto, who opened accounts to run against Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, in Senate District 39.
  • Susie Lamigueiro, who opened an account to run against Rep. Michael Bileca, R-Miami, in House District 115.
  • Patricia Agosto, who opened an account to run against Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, in House District 117.
  • Arthur Sosa, who opened an account to run against Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, and two Democrats in House District 118.

No-party candidates rarely get many votes in legislative races but sometimes play a role by closing Republican and Democratic primaries.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.