BILOXI, MS — As primaries are underway across the country, one Pinay is seeking to turn things blue in what is arguably the most Republican district in Florida.
Philippine-born Jennifer Mijares Zimmerman, a Democrat, is seeking election to the US Congress townseat.
Incumbent Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz in Florida’s first district.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Doctor Jennifer Mijares-Zimmerman is the daughter of Jaime Mijares, a Filipino guerilla and POW, who fought against the Japanese during World War II.
She came to the US in 1993 and practiced medicine in northwest Florida.
As doctor, small business owner and an immigrant, she believes she can be the people’s voice in Congress.
But first, Mijares-Zimmerman must win the Democratic primary in August. She is up against Navy veteran Phil Ehr – a Republican turned Democrat candidate.
Florida’s district 1 has not supported a Democratic president since John F. Kennedy in the 60’s. In the 2016 US presidential elections, Trump won District 1 with 63% of votes.
It has become arguably the most Republican district in the Sunshine State – with Republicans dominating every level of government.
But Mijares-Zimmerman believes that a blue wave is coming in November.
“I’d like to be the other option… if not the only option, because, not only is it a blue wave, it’s a pink wave,” she said. “I think we deserve a different voice. They have never had a female who has been ever elected to any office in the House of Congress from our district.
If elected, Mijares-Zimmerman will be the first full-blooded Philippine-born lawmaker to win a seat in the US Congress.