UPDATE:  5/2/2014, 12:00 p.m.

David Rivera made his candidacy for United States Congress official Friday.

Rivera filed the appropriate paperwork in Tallahassee just ahead of today's deadline.

Rivera will square off with Republican opponents in the primary and hopes to ultimately run against Democrat Joe Garcia.

Rivera makes the decision to run for the Miami seat despite the fact that he's reportedly been under federal investigation for campaign finance irregularities.



He wants his congressional seat back.

Former Representative David Rivera announcing via his Twitter page his candidacy for Florida's 26th District.

Rivera is gunning for Democrat Joe Garcia, who beat Rivera in 2012 for the seat.

Rivera's announcement comes under some turbulent times. Several former associates of his are facing campaign finance violations in connection to his 2012 re-election bid, which Rivera has vehemently denied.

Check out Rivera's announcement via his tweets below.


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