Annette Taddeo Makes Miami History

State Senator Annette Taddeo. (Public domain photo)

After an incredibly competitive race for the District 40 Florida State Senate seat, Annette Taddeo has claimed victory over the Republican candidate, Jose Felix Diaz. As the first Hispanic Democratic woman elected to the seat, Taddeo has made history.

“It’s amazing and very humbling, now I am trying to make sure I won’t be the last,” remarked Taddeo when asked how it feels to be the first Hispanic Democratic woman in the district.

This special election opened after Senator Frank Artiles resigned in late April.

Taddeo, a Colombian native, is well known for her past positions as the chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and the vice chair of the Florida Democratic Party. However, her voice gained momentum within the successes of her small business, which ultimately allowed her to be a unique leader throughout the community.

“Owning a small business allowed me to become involved and recognize the void of voices within the community. Politics affects everything in business, and it is a large misconception that a business owner is a republican. Gaining leadership in the community and fighting for liberal causes helped the population as a whole. It takes the small leaders of the community to create the greatest change and make progress.”

As a superdelegate of the Democratic National Convention in 2016, the running mate of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist, and a candidate for South Florida’s 18th District and Florida’s 26th Congressional District, Taddeo has copious experience in running for office. She has been endorsed by the Florida Conservation Voters, United Teachers of Dade, Florida AFL-CIO, the Miami Herald, Joe Biden, and many others.

“My first election loss was in college when I was running for secretary. It was there I learned that politics affects everyone, some just do not realize how much. It takes a lot of courage and you have to be prepared to lose but then ready to keep moving. I think one of the reasons I have learned so much is because I never ran an easy race. Each has been almost impossible, which really prepared me for this special election. It is easy to win an easy race. If Democrats want control and balance, we need to go after the hard races.”

As Florida handles the intense repercussions of Irma, the pressure for strong leadership is felt throughout the state.

With the fulfillment of the District 40 seat, Republicans currently hold 24 seats while Democrats have 16.

“We have a lot going on and we cannot get lost in politics. By keeping an eye on corruption and correcting issues continuously, we will move this state and country forward. As Hurricane Irma swept through lower Florida, much damage and issues with insurance have risen. It is all about forward thinking. Focusing on issues within the environment, education, and juvenile justice, and allocating business and tax dollars properly will bring a voice to the voiceless.”

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