U.S. Congress District 27
College professor, Miami Beach commissioner
Miami Beach City Commissioner
This post is part of our voter guide for the Aug. 28 local and primary elections. Head to the main landing page for a guide to the key races and decisions being made this election.
Last year, Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced she wouldn’t run for re-election in the 27th congressional district, opening up the seat for the first time since 1989. Several people in each party rushed to declare their candidacy, making for chaotic primary races in both parties.
Based on the questions you said you had for the candidates, we recapped their stances on the following issues: guns, immigration, climate change and the environment, and criminal justice. The winners of the Republican and Democratic primaries for this seat will face off in the November general election.
Kristen Rosen-Gonzalez is a professor at Miami-Dade College and a Miami Beach commissioner. She highlights her status as a single mother and a former teacher at Miami Central Senior High School as evidence of her ability to empathize with those in the district struggling the most and calls herself the “people’s commissioner.”
NRA grade: F
Rosen-Gonzalez supports background checks (although it’s unclear on her website if she supports merely expanding them, or making them universal) and a ban on assault weapons. She’s called for an excise tax on bullets that would fund better security in schools, plus more police officers and mental health counselors for schools, panic button systems for teachers, and metal detectors. She’s also called for a national gun buyback program and a program to teach students gun safety.
Rosen-Gonzalez was the only candidate to mention Miami-Dade County’s abandonment of its sanctuary city status, criticizing the Trump administration’s practice of “coercing” communities into enforcing federal immigration law by threatening to withhold federal funds, although she does not outline how she would fight to end the practice.
On ICE: Rosen-Gonzalez does not support abolishing ICE.
On DACA and immigration reform: She supports a path to citizenship for those in the U.S. under TPS and an immigration plan that will allow DREAMers to stay.
Rosen-Gonzalez calls for the restoration of the natural flow of water from Lake Okeechobee through the Everglades to restore the health of the wetlands and our drinking water supply. She also calls for a “21st century Manhattan Project” to accelerate renewable energy progress, although she does not detail any policies for supporting renewable energy.
She calls for the upholding of an offshore drilling ban in Florida and laws requiring that oil and gas drillers disclose the chemicals they use to frack. She also vowed to ensure that Congress continues subsidizing federal flood insurance.
Criminal justice issues
Rosen-Gonzalez doesn’t pinpoint criminal justice as a key issue on her website, but she’s been vocal on police issues in the past. She said in an email earlier this year, “We need to give the cops back their bullets, remove their body cams, give them their dignity, and let them work all the off hours stuff they want.” She later said those comments had been misunderstood.