Coral Gables attorney Mary Barzee Flores has qualified to run for Congress on the Democratic ticket in U.S. House District 25, which includes portions of Collier County.
Two other Democratic candidates, Annisa Karim and Alina Valdes, withdrew from the campaign last week after Flores announced her candidacy. Flores brings a sizable war chest to the race, which best positions her to face her well-funded opponent.
“Our country is at a crossroad and we, the people, must decide what kind of nation we want to live in,” Karim said. “That’s why I decided to run… When I withdrew my candidacy, I did so because I knew that Mary Barzee Flores is equally dedicated to making sure our voices are heard in Washington, D.C. I ask you to support her candidacy and help get her to D.C. to work for us.”
Valdes said, “I will throw my support behind the new Democratic nominee…Mary Barzee Flores in her quest to oust career politician and Trump supporter Mario Diaz-Belart.”
Flores had been campaigning in District 27, but switched to District 25 at the last minute following the urging of national Democrats that a strong, well-funded Democrat run in the district, which is viewed as a near toss-up.
“I began my campaign for Congress last year for the same reasons that an unprecedented number of Democrats have stepped up to run in 2018: The danger posed to our democracy, our community, and our families by the Trump presidency and the Republican Congress was simply too great for me to sit idle and do nothing,” Flores posted on her Facebook page. “It was – and remains – a moral imperative to me.
“And that is ultimately the reason that I have decided to challenge Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in Florida’s 25th district. I am leaving the District 27 race with the confidence that, come November, a Democrat will take back that seat. I’m just as confident that Mario Diaz-Balart can, should, and will be beat this fall.”
Click on MaryBarzeeFlores.com for more information about Flores, her positions, and her campaign.