Mario Diaz-Balart wins another congressional term; one of four Florida incumbents heading back to Congress

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, at an Immokalee park in February.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, at an Immokalee park in February.

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, (@Jenna_Buzzacco)

Mario Diaz-Balart thinks of elections like a contract; every two years it’s up and every two years voters must decide whether to sign on again.

This year, though, voters won’t have the chance to decide whether the 52-year-old congressman deserves to keep that contract.

Diaz-Balart, a Miami Republican whose district includes part of eastern Collier County, was the only person to file the necessary paperwork by Friday’s deadline to run for the congressional District 25 seat.

He was one of four members of Florida’s congressional delegation who didn’t receive an opponent in their race. The District 19 congressional race in Southwest Florida has four candidates.

“I don’t base my elections on what others do. I always run on my record and what I hope to do,” he said in a recent interview. “I’ve been blessed and deeply honored to be allowed to work and fight for the issues that are important to our community.”

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