Ex-Florida lawmaker and lobbyist had his hands in second Miami state Senate race, records show
Frank Artiles leaves the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on March 18, 2021. - MATIAS J. OCNER/TNS

MIAMI — The former Republican state senator from Florida who recruited an acquaintance to run in Miami-Dade’s Senate District 37 race was simultaneously guiding another spoiler no-party candidate in Senate District 39. Frank Artiles, 47, walked 81-year-old No Party Affiliation candidate Celso Alfonso and his wife, Maricela Cardenas through the entire election process by giving them campaign filing paperwork to fill out, uploading campaign finance reports using Cardenas’ PIN and login information and even flying to Tallahassee to hand deliver Alfonso’s qualifying check to the Department of Stat...