TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UKTN) – Democrat Charlie Crist on Saturday tapped Miami-Dade County teachers’ union Karla Hernandez-Mats as his running mate as he challenges Republican government Ron DeSantis in Florida.
Crist, a congressman who served as the state’s Republican governor a decade ago, announced United Teachers of Dade President Hernandez-Mats as his pick at a meeting in Miami.
The selection of Hernandez-Mats fuels a Crist campaign focused on education, an arena where DeSantis has had significant success animating his conservative base through his hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic and policies that encourage classroom discussions about race and LGBTQ issues. limited.
Hernandez-Mats advocated postponing students’ return to school in the fall of 2020 and continuing mask mandates into 2021, despite DeSantis’s administration.
She is the daughter of two Honduran immigrants who came to the US in the 1970s and was the first Hispanic elected in 2016 to lead the United Teachers of Dade.
Crist secured the Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday after defeating state agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried.