Business woman and progressive Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick won a special election to represent Florida's 20th congressional district, a seat that was previously held by the late Alcee Hastings.
According to CNN, Cherfilus-McCormick, 42, beat Republican Jason Mariner, local ad company owner, in the predominantly Black district. Cherfilus-McCormick, who ran against Hastings twice, ran on Medicare for All, $20-per-hour minimum wage, universal basic income and and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. She will also make history as the first Hatian-American as a Democrat in Congress, CNN also reports.
This will be her first time holding elected office.
Cherfilus-McCormick will be defending her seat again in November 2022.
In April of 2021, civil rights activist and Florida congressman Alcee Hastings, who represented the district since 2013, passed away at 84 years old after a fight with pancreatic cancer. From 1993 to 2013, he represented Florida's 23rd congressional district. Hastings was the longest-serving member of Florida's congressional delegation.