District 113 Carlos Lopez-Cantera, 36, has emerged as a thoughtful leader in the Florida House. First elected in 2004, he serves as majority whip and has focused much of his time on helping relieve the tax burden on working families and seniors.
He sponsored the constitutional amendment providing low-income seniors with a higher homestead exemption and also worked with Democratic Sen. Dan Gelber in pushing through an extension of Miami-Dade's Affordable Housing Surtax program, which will bring hundreds of millions of dollars for affordable and low-income housing to the county in the next two decades.
Mr. Lopez-Cantera faces two candidates with little political experience: Alex Cruzet, a Democrat, and Waldo Faura, running with no party affiliation. Mr. Lopez-Cantera has earned another term. He would have the most seniority for a returning member of a Miami-Dade district, which would help the county.
To deal with the state's expected budget shortfall, he wants to focus on Medicaid fraud and have Florida collect sales tax on Internet sales. He would push for more incentives to attract jobs in renewable energy and in the film industry. For Florida House, District 113, The Herald recommends CARLOS LOPEZ-CANTERA.