In a crowded field of nearly 10 candidates, Maria Elvira Salazar was able to secure the Republican candidacy for U.S. Congress District 27 in the August primary.
Since the primary, she’s gained a lot of momentum on Democratic candidate Donna Shalala in the race to replace the departing U.S. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Despite the district’s Democratic leaning and her lack of political experience, she’s been able to lean on her popularity and messaging in Spanish-speaking communities due to her work as a broadcast journalist.
In her 35-year career she’s worked for stations like Univision, Telemundo, and CNN en Español. She graduated from the University of Miami, and received a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Based on the questions you had for the candidates, and factoring in some relevant topics, we sent questionnaires to the candidates and asked them questions about the following issues: the environment, criminal justice reform, gun control, the economy, healthcare, Puerto Rico, and immigration.