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.READ MORE: NBA fines Miami Heat $25,000 for violating 'bench decorum'
The no-party candidates have lined up to run against Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House.READ MORE: Man faces several charges including pointing laser at BSO aviation unit
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.MORE NEWS: Miami ex-Proud Boys leader Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio to stay jailed until Capitol riot trial
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.