Republican Alexis Calatayud Victorious in Miami-Dade Senate District Race

November 8, 2022 Updated 10:48 PM ET


MIAMI (FLV) – Republican Alexis Calatayud will serve as the next state senator representing a Miami-Dade district after defeating Democrat Janelle Perez.

Senate District 38 includes places such as Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, and South Miami Heights. 

Senate President-Designate Kathleen Passidomo called the win a historic victory Tuesday night.

Calatayud is a 28-year-old Cuban American who grew up in the district. She served as the Director of Policy and Programs at the Florida Department of Education, focusing on providing educational opportunities for students and creating workforce training that aligns with future jobs. 

Some of Calatayud’s top focuses on her website include reducing homeowners’ insurance premiums, providing school choice options, increasing public education teacher salaries, addressing climate change and ensuring clean water supply. 

Calatayud received endorsements from the Associated Industries of Florida and the Florida Police Benevolent Association. 

Perez is the daughter of Cuban exiles and a healthcare executive. She graduated from Florida International University and owns one of the fastest growing Medicare companies. 

Florida State Senate Democrats launched a “Florida Freedom” statewide bus tour, making one of their last campaign stops for Perez. Some of their top issues included abortion access, fighting against laws such as the Parental Rights in Education Act and confronting climate change. 

Senate Republicans dubbed the bus tour the “B.S. Express” and labeled their campaign as supporting abortion without limits, boys in girls sports, and tax funded sex changes for minors. 

Perez was under fire for accepting endorsements from pro-socialism groups including Florida Rising and Florida Immigrant Coalition. 

Pro-Socialism Groups Back Janelle Perez for Florida State Senate

Florida’s Voice previously reported on Florida Rising promoting socialism on its social media platforms. The Florida Immigrant Coalition also has ties to socialistic and communist viewpoints. For instance, the group joined the Party for Socialism and Liberation to march for International Workers’ Day in 2018. 

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