Michelle Salzman

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. 

Photo courtesy of Michelle Salzman

The race for Florida House of Representatives District 1 features both Democratic and Republican primaries. On the GOP side, political newcomer Michelle Salzman is mounting a challenge against one-term incumbent Mike Hill. Today, WUWF checks in on the Salzman campaign. 

“It’s been going fantastic. It’s just been very humbling,” says Salzman, describing her first run for political office and the boost she’s gotten from talking to many local people who share her views and concerns. 

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

The race for Florida House of Representatives District 1, which covers the vast majority of Escambia County, features primaries on both sides of the political aisle. One the Republican side, one-term incumbent Mike Hill faces a challenge from political newcomer Michelle Salzman.

Today, WUWF’s series on the 2020 election highlights Hill’s re-election bid.

Michelle Salzman For Florida House District 1

Pensacola State Rep. Mike Hill is getting some company in the 2020 Republican primary, as Michelle Salzman begins her campaign for the House District-1 seat.

Salzman has worn a number of hats – human relations, consultant, marketing, and co-owning a photography studio. She also wore a helmet while serving in the Army in Kosovo.  Add to that community volunteer. Up to now Salzman’s political claim to fame has been helping lead the charge for switching from an elected Escambia County school superintendent to an appointed one, beginning in 2020.