Rizo wins Fla. District 110

Featured By David L. Snelling, Reporter Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Rizo wins Fla. District 110

A Democratic teacher and a Republican former school administrator sought to represent District 110 in Tallahassee, and Alex Rizo, a candidate for the GOP, won the race Tuesday.

The district includes Miami Lakes; Hialeah and Country Club of Miami.

Rizo is a former County Club of Miami Community Council vice chair. He defeated Annette Collazo, 36, a teacher from Hialeah.

Neither candidate could be reached for comment on Election night.

They hoped to replace Fla. Rep. and House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, who is term-limited.

Rizo collected 33,905 votes or 59.84% to Collazo's 22,757 votes or 40.16%.

The results are unofficial until certified by the Miami-Dade County canvassing board.

Rizo owns an educational consulting firm and won, despite Collazo outraising him in campaign contributions: she collected $225,920 to his $160,118.

But it took more than money to win this race.

Rizo had an advantage in endorsements from Oliva, Fla. Sen. Manny Diaz, Jr., R-Hialeah Gardens and Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez. Collazo was endorsed by The Miami Herald and South Florida Council of Firefighters.

In a debate during the campaign, Rizo pointed to his experience as someone raised in the community who has taught in its classrooms, managed schools and owned a small business as reasons why voters should choose him.

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