Janelle Perez drops U.S. House race, resets sights on flipping SD 37 blue

Democrat Janelle Perez is swapping races as she makes her inaugural run for political office. She’s now running for the Florida Senate and dropping a bid for the U.S. House.

Perez told Florida Politics she has canceled her bid to oust Republican U.S. Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar next year. Instead, she’s running to flip Florida Senate District 37 back to blue next year by unseating Republican Sen. Ileana Garcia.

“Over the past few days, it’s become clear that absolutely the best way for me to have a positive impact in our community is to run for the state Senate,” she said Tuesday evening. “Florida’s state government’s disfunction has reached new lows. Gov. Ron DeSantis has made our children less safe during the pandemic by restricting health and safety measures in schools. Voting rights have been consistently attacked as Republicans are desperate to maintain power, (and) what’s happening in Texas is just an example of the need for Democrats to step up and fight (at) local levels.”

The change from a federal to a local race comes less than a month and a half after Perez announced her candidacy for Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Since then, her campaign self-reported raising hundreds of

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