MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – As he seeks a third term in the Florida House, Rep. Jim Mooney, R-Islamorada, has drawn a Democratic challenger.
Key West Democrat Michael Travis opened a campaign account this week to run against Mooney in 2024 in House District 120 in Monroe and Miami-Dade counties, according to the state Division of Elections website.
Irene Alzerreca Calvo, an unaffiliated candidate from Homestead, also is in the race. Mooney was first elected to the House in 2020 and won a second term in 2022.
According to a finance report filed with the state, he had raised $11,500 for his 2024 campaign account as of June 30.
Mooney has served in the Florida House of Representatives since 2020. He represents the 120th district, which includes parts of Monroe County, Florida.
Mooney was born and raised in Islamorada, Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in business administration. After college, he worked as a real estate broker and developer.
He entered politics in 2017, when he was elected mayor of Islamorada. He served as mayor until 2020, when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives.
In the Florida House, Mooney has served on the Appropriations Committee, the Infrastructure Strategies Committee, and the Select Committee on Hurricane Resiliency & Recovery. He is also the Republican Committee Whip.
Mooney is a conservative Republican. He is a strong supporter of gun rights, limited government, and free markets. He is also a fiscal conservative who believes in reducing taxes and spending.
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