Plasencia draws challenger for house seat

As he prepares to run for a final term in the Florida House, Orlando Republican Rene Plasencia has drawn a Democratic challenger.

Orlando Democrat Nina Wheeler Yoakum has opened a campaign account to challenge Plasencia next year in House District 50, which is made up of parts of Brevard and Orange counties, according to information posted Monday on the state Division of Elections website.

Plasencia, who was first elected to the House in 2014, had raised $41,581 for his re-election campaign as of May 31, finance reports show.

Meanwhile, an initial candidate has opened a campaign account to try to replace term-limited Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo, next year. Miami Republican Pedro Abel Barrios filed the paperwork to start running in House District 120, which is made up of Monroe and part of Miami-Dade counties, according to the Division of Elections website.