Because of term limits, many veteran members of the South Florida legislative delegation won't be heading back to Tallahassee next year. This gives voters who are tired of incumbents a great opportunity to turn the page and select a new crop of lawmakers who can find sensible ways to deal with the many tough challenges -- principally budget, growth and education issues -- that Florida faces. All three of the recommendations we make today involve districts where the incumbent is retiring due to term limits.
Carlos Trujillo, 27, emerged victorious in a nasty, hard-fought Republican primary to replace term-limited Marcelo Llorente to represent this J-shaped district that runs from the Doral area to the Hammocks in southwestern Dade. He has a write-in opponent.
Mr. Trujillo is also making his first run for office, but he has a good grasp of the issues and the difficulty of coming up with credible and sensible solutions.
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A prosecutor with the state attorney's office, he says Medicaid fraud must be controlled before it destroys the state budget. He opposes off-shore oil drilling, supports the state's Department of Community Affairs, which the last Legislature left in the lurch, and says he would reluctantly use state trust funds to support the general revenue budget in an emergency -- provided the Legislature commits to repaying the funds.
For Florida House, District 116, The Miami Herald recommends CARLOS TRUJILLO.