Donna Shalala Will Face Maria Elvira Salazar in a Rematch From 2018

Running for a second term in South Florida, U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., will face a familiar opponent in November.

Former broadcast journalist Maria Elvira Salazar ran away in the Republican primary on Tuesday, taking 79 percent of the vote. Raymond Molina got 11 percent while Juan Fiol took 9 percent.

After longtime U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., announced her retirement, Shalala won two years ago, taking 51.8 percent while Salazar pulled 45.8 percent. Mayra Joli, who was running with no party affiliation, took 2.5 percent.

While this was a top contest two years ago, it has garnered less attention in recent months, especially compared to the race between U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., and Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez next door.

Shalala served as secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) during President Bill Clinton’s administration and led three universities, including serving as president of the University of Miami.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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