House of Representatives – District 27

November 1, 2020

Maria Elvira Salazar (REP) 

Background

A reporter for Telemundo, CNN Español, and Univision, Salazar ran in 2018 against Donna Shalala and lost by 4 points. She worked as the Pentagon and White House correspondent for Univision, and at Telemundo was a political correspondent who had the rare chance to interview Fidel Castro in 1993, making herself the only Spanish-speaking journalist to have ever done so one-on-one.

Priorities and Points of View 

  • Salazar’s priorities include protecting the environment, increasing funding for public education, affordable healthcare, creating greater availability of jobs to minorities, strengthening the economy, enforcing term-limits on representatives to promote real action in Congress. 
  • She is a supporter of gun control and universal background checks and is fervently anti-socialism.
  • Salazar vows to do “whatever makes sense to the community.” 

 

Donna Shalala (DEM)

Background

Shalala, the incumbent Representative for District 27, is the former President of the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration. She also served as President of the Clinton Foundation.

Priorities and Points of View 

  • Shalala is outspoken about gender-based violence and the gender wage gap. 
  • Shalala advocates for the prevention of gun violence through universal background checks .
  • Shalala supports a ban on assault weapons.
  • Shalala desires affordable healthcare
  • Her priorities include the environment, veterans, small businesses, affordable housing, public transportation, senior citizens, and immigrants. 
  • She supports the LGBTQ+ community and is pro-choice. 

 

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