Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick wins congressional race

Candidates from the 20th Congressional District

Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, 41, from Miramar, is a lawyer and CEO of home healthcare company Trinity Healthcare Services.

Cherfilus-McCormick received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University, one of the top schools among historically black colleges and universities in the country.

After earning an MBA from the University of Maryland, she earned a law degree from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens. Her husband, siblings, and her husband’s siblings are all Howard alumni.

She unsuccessfully challenged then-US Representative Alcee Hastings in the 2018 and 2020 primaries. She won the special November 2 primary held to fill the vacancy created by Hastings’ death, by five votes.

Republican Jason Mariner, 36, who lives west of Boynton Beach, is the founder of an advertising company.

He served about two years in prison on drug misdemeanor and theft charges which he said resulted from an injury that resulted in the addition of prescription drugs. He was open with voters and media outlets during his campaign on his criminal record, promising he would be tough on crime.

The libertarian Mike ter Maat, 60, of Hollywood spent 11 years in a second career as a highway patrol cop at Hallandale Beach. His previous career was teaching economics in college and university. He held a position as a White House personnel economist.

Jim Flynn, candidate without party affiliation from West Palm Beach works in real estate.

Leonard Serratore, candidate for no party affiliation, 66, from West Palm Beach, is a supervisor at Palm Beach International Airport. He was previously a candidate for the county committee.

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