Florida - Primary - Puerto Rican Clockwise from top left: Robert Asencio, Anthony Nieves, Maribel Gómez Cordero, Teresa Castillo, and María Salamanca.
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Robert Asencio, Anthony Nieves, and Maribel Gómez Cordero are among the Puerto Ricans and Latinos who received the most votes on Tuesday.

Several Puerto Rican candidates prevailed in Tuesday’s primary for a variety of offices, from US representative to local school board member.

Robert Asencio won with 69% of the votes as the Democratic candidate for the US House representing the 28th congressional district.  

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Asencio is the only new Puerto Rican candidate to run for Congress in the midterm elections on Nov. 8, along with Puerto Rican Democratic congress members Darren Soto (FL-9) and from New York Nydia Velázquez, who was ratified in the primaries, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and Ritchie Torres.

Asencio will challenge Republican Congressman Carlos Giménez.

Anthony Nieves was elected as the Democratic candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, District 47.

The son and grandson of Puerto Ricans has been a resident of Kissimmee for over 14 years. 

Nieves has been a supporter of the pro-union working class and plans to work on issues like an improved and reliable public transportation, immediate assistance for the homeless, environmental protection, and improved autism awareness legislation, among others.

Maribel Gómez Cordero was confirmed as Orange County Board of County Commissioners, representing District 4. 

Gómez was born in Puerto Rico and works as a family mental health therapist.

She assumed office on Dec. 4, 2018, and her current term ends on November 22, 2022.

Gómez Cordero was critical of a lack of information on Orange County’s fast-growing sector of Spanish-speaking residents during the COVID pandemic.

If she is elected in November she’ll continue to focus on job growth and public safety.

Other Allies:

Although they are not Puerto Rican, these candidates are also allies and part of the Latino communities.

Colombian María Salamanca won as an Orange County school board member to represent District 2. She will compete against Heather Ashby.

During her campaign, she prioritized issues like fair pay increases for veteran teachers, and less focus on cultural and political issues in the classroom.

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Teresa “Terry” Castillo, from the Dominican Republic, was ratified as the candidate for Osceola County School board member of District 1. 

She assumed office in 2018, and her current term ends on Nov. 22, 2022.

Castillo has over ten years of experience in the learning and development field.

Some of the issues she wants to keep working on include funding and support for mental health, increasing all employees’ pay to at least $15.00 an hour, and implementing a Cyber Security training program for staff.