Florida native Mary Barzee Flores is challenging incumbent Republican Mario Diaz-Balart to represent Florida’s 25th district in the United States House of Representatives.
Background and Achievements
A two-time graduate of the University of Miami, Mary knows Florida better than almost anyone. She spent time as an attorney and as a public defender prior to an eight-year stint on a Florida Circuit Court. Following her service on the court, Mary returned to private practice. However, she was soon nominated by President Obama to serve on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida. Both the former President and Senator Bill Nelson supported her, but because of two small donations to the ACLU and EMILY’s list in the 1990s, Marco Rubio blocked her nomination. Just one of the many judges with a failed nomination because of political gain, Mary is determined to become a leader who all Floridians, no matter their party, can admire.
Positions on Key Issues
- Strong supporter of criminal justice reform
- Supporter of public education
- Supporter of the environment
- Supporter of gun reform
Prospects & Opponents
Mary is running against incredibly conservative Mario Diaz-Balart, who is much too conservative for the district. The district is currently rated as Likely Republican, but because of the current political climate, can easily be beaten by a candidate like Mary.