Maria Elvira Salazar defeats incumbent Donna Shalala in race for Miami-Dade District 27 congressional seat
David Dwork

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The choice on the ballot for Miami-Dade County’s 27th Congressional District was the same in 2020 as it was in 2018.

This time around, the results went the way of the Republican challenger.

Miami-Dade’s voters have spoken, and Maria Elvira Salazar defeated Democratic incumbent Donna Shalala in the race for Florida District 27′s congressional seat.

Two years ago, it was Shalala carrying the majority of the vote, an accomplishment she was hoping to replicate and keep her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Both women have been very successful throughout their respective careers. Salazar was a well-known Spanish language journalist, spending three decades as a news anchor on Telemundo, with stops at CNN Español and Univision.

Shalala was the longest serving U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, appointed by President Bill Clinton. She was also the president of the University of Miami for 14 years.

Miami-Dade Congressional District 27 includes Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Kendall and Key Biscayne.