December 5, 2022
Women in politics election 2022 results
U.S. Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D) won 78% of the vote and was re-elected to Congressional District 20, in the Broward-Palm Beach district.
Women in politics election 2022 results
Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, (R), defeated Democratic candidate Annette Taddeo in U.S. House District 27 in Miami-Dade County.
Women in politics election 2022 results
Kiyan Michael (R) won in the Florida House District 16 in Jacksonville.
Women in politics election 2022 results
Susan Plasencia (R) unseated four-term state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith in Florida House District 37 in Central Florida.
Women in politics election 2022 results
Fentrice Driskell (D) won her third term in north Tampa's District 67.

Photo: Arielle Bader / Tampa Bay Times

Women in politics election 2022 results
Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez (R) beat opponent Karla Hernández-Mats alongside running mate Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Update: Election results show Black, Hispanic women candidates bringing new perspectives to Florida politics

EDITOR'S NOTE: Read the original story here: https://floridatrend.com/article/35113/black-and-hispanic-women-running-for-office-are-shaking-up-floridas-political-landscape 

In the November 2022 issue of FLORIDA TREND, we profiled several Black and Hispanic women candidates who are part of a trend of more women of color running for political office. The 2022 election set a new high bar for women of color in Florida politics: 49% of women candidates running for major state or federal office in Florida are women of color.

Here are the results of Tuesday’s general election:

  • Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez (R) glided to victory alongside her running mate, Gov. Ron DeSantis, in a landslide (19.4-point) victory over Charlie Christ and his running mate, Karla Hernández-Mats.
  • Incumbent Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, a Republican, defeated Democratic candidate Annette Taddeo, a former state senator, in U.S. House District 27 in Miami-Dade County, which is home to the largest population of voting-age Hispanics in the state. “This election proves what Ronald Reagan famously said, that Latinos are Republicans, they just don’t know it — until tonight, because 2022 has been the year of the Hispanic Republicans,” Salazar said in her victory speech.
  • Kiyan Michael, a Black Republican who also ran on a mantle of immigration reform, defeated two write-in candidates in her race for Florida House District 16 in the Jacksonville area.
  • Susan Plasencia, a Republican who is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, unseated four-term state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, a Democrat, in Florida House District 37 in Central Florida. Plasencia, who won with 52% of the vote to Smith's 48%, tweeted that she was “honored” to be elected and would “begin the process of #WorkingTogether as we move Florida forward!”
  • Carolina Amesty, a Venezuelan-American, won Florida House district 45, defeating Democrat Allie Braswell with 53% of the vote to Braswell’s 47%.
  • Incumbent state Rep. Fentrice Driskell, House Democratic leader and the first Black woman to be elected to that post, won a third term in north Tampa's District 67. She defeated Republican newcomer Lisette Bonano, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan.
  • U.S. Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, a Haitian-American Democrat, was re-elected to Congressional District 20, the Broward-Palm Beach district she won in a January special election to succeed the late Congressman Alcee Hastings. With 78 percent of the vote, she handily fended off a challenge from Republican Drew-Montez Clark.
  • Former Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala, an Orlando Democrat and Florida's first Black state attorney, was unable to unseat Republican incumbent State Attorney General Ashley Moody.
  • Cuban-American businesswoman Janelle Perez, a protege of Republican former U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, was defeated in her first bid for elected office by Republican Alexis Calatayud, a 28- year-old Cuban American and former Florida International University student body president, in Miami-Dade's redistricted Senate District 38.

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