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Salzman Upsets Incumbent in Florida House Primary

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Florida’s state House District-1 is getting a new face in Tallahassee, as the race is set for the seat is set for Nov. 3.

Newcomer Michelle Salzman defeated incumbent Mike Hill in Tuesday’s Republican primary, 53-47% in what some are calling a major upset.

The campaign was a rancorous one from Hill’s side, accusing Salzman of, among other things, calling for the defunding of police in the wake of the George Floyd killing. Salzman denied the allegation, and said she expected those tactics.

Awaiting Salzman on Nov. 3 is Democratic nominee Franscine Mathis. 

If elected, Salzman boils down her to-do list to three words: safety, infrastructure and education. And she’ll be seeking guidance.

And a reminder – the results of Tuesday night’s primaries are unofficial numbers. They’ll be certified by county canvassing boards later this week.