Annette Taddeo, a Democrat, won the Florida Senate District 40 seat in a special election on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. She bested State Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in the race to claim the southwest Miami-Dade seat formerly held by Republican Frank Artiles, who was forced to resign in the spring following his racist comments to two black lawmakers. Artiles was initially defiant about the incident, but gave up his seat after it became known that the Miami Herald had a story coming that revealed he’d hired apparently unqualified young women — including a former Hooters “calendar girl” — as campaign consultants.
Tonight, she flipped a Republican seat. Congrats @Annette_Taddeo, the first Latina Democrat elected to the Florida… https://t.co/TXl5ROQf7l at https://t.co/TXl5ROQf7l— Azijoon (@AziJoonz) September 27, 2017