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4 Democrats seeking election in US House 7th District

Democrats are in the unenviable position of attempting to replace retiring US Rep. Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th District.

Unenviable because the seat Murphy flipped in 2016 — encompassing Seminole and part of Orange counties — has been redistricted into what Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a leading prognosticator of federal races, now describes as a “safe Republican” seat. Boundaries were moved north, into Volusia County, giving the winner of eight GOP candidates a much stronger chance of winning in November.

Unenviable also because the four Democrats who are on the primary ballot have collectively raised less money than each of those eight Republicans.

But the Democrats see an opening with the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, growing empirical evidence of climate change and backlash against a GOP that has continued to claim former President Donald Trump as its leader despite the revelations of the Jan. 6 committee.

Here’s a closer look at the four.

Who’s running for election in Volusia, Flagler counties? Everything you need to know

Hilsia ‘Tatiana’ Fernandez

Fernandez, 51, is originally from Puerto Rico and has lived in Florida for 17 years.

Tatiana Fernandez

She is the owner and president of Pantera Technical Services Corp., a business that provides support for compressed air, medical air and medical vacuum devices.

Fernandez says she wants to be a voice for local citizens and small businesses. She prioritizes improving teacher pay as a way to ensure quality education, supporting vocational trade schools, “health care when you most need it,” housing affordability and jobs. She has been an autism advocate and volunteered in schools, including supporting high school robotics and job training.

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