Annette Taddeo

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Annette Taddeo
Senator Annette Taddeo.jpg
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 40th district
Assumed office
September 26, 2017
Preceded by Frank Artiles
Personal details
Born Annette Joan Taddeo
(1967-04-07) April 7, 1967 (age 51)
Barrancabermeja, Colombia
Political party Democratic
Education University of North Alabama (BA)

Annette Joan Taddeo-Goldstein (born April 7, 1967) is a Democratic politician who has served as a member of the Florida Senate, elected in 2017. She represents the 40th district, encompassing Kendall and surrounding areas in southern Miami-Dade County. She was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 2016.

Early life and career[edit]

Taddeo was born in Barrancabermeja, Colombia, to an Italian-American father and Colombian mother. Her early life was spent in Colombia until she moved to live with family friends in Huntsville, Alabama, at the age of 17. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in commercial Spanish. Shortly after, she moved to Miami. In 1995, Taddeo started a translation business, now called LanguageSpeak.[1]

Taddeo is married to Eric Goldstein, a Miami psychologist. They have a daughter, Sofia. Annette also has two stepdaughters, identical twins Danielle and Katherine, from her husband's previous marriage.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Taddeo entered politics in 2008 when she ran against Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Florida's 18th Congressional District, which then included parts of coastal Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys. Taddeo was unopposed in the Democratic primary but lost to Ros-Lehtinen in the general election, 58 to 42%.[3]

Two years later, Taddeo ran for an open seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission.[4] She placed third in the nonpartisan primary, garnering 21%.[5]

Taddeo remained active in the local Democratic politics, and in December 2012 was elected chair of the county's Democratic Executive Committee. As county party chair, she organized support for successful Democratic candidates in Miami Beach, Homestead, and other local elections. She also led an effort for Democrats to compete in every local State House election in 2014. In the end, only two of the seats within the county lacked a Democratic candidate that year, the fewest since 1984.[1]

In July 2014, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, who had previously served as governor as a Republican, named Taddeo as his running mate.[6] The Crist-Taddeo ticket lost the general election to incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott and Lieutenant Governor Carlos López-Cantera, 48.1 to 47.1%.[7]

Taddeo ran for Congress again in 2016, in the 26th district, based in southern Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys. She lost the Democratic primary to former Congressman Joe Garcia, 51.3 to 48.7%.[8][9] Garcia went on to lose the general election to the incumbent, Republican Carlos Curbelo.

Florida Senate[edit]

In September 2017, Taddeo was elected in a special election for Florida's Senate District 40. The election was called to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Republican Senator Frank Artiles. Taddeo won the primary election against former State Representative and Miami-Dade School Board Member Ana Rivas Logan, 71 to 29%.[10] Taddeo defeated Republican State Representative José Félix Díaz in the general election, 51 to 47%.[11][12]

Electoral history[edit]

Early elections, 2008–2016[edit]

2008 General Election, Florida's 18th Congressional District[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 140,617 57.9%
Democratic Annette Taddeo 102,372 42.1%
Total votes 242,989
2010 Nonpartisan Primary, Dade County Commission District 8[14]
Candidate Votes %
Eugene Flinn 5,610 29.8
Lynda G. Bell 4,690 24.9
Annette Taddeo 3,991 21.2
A.E. "Albert" Harum-Alvarez 2,080 11.1
Obdulio Piedra 1,350 7.2
Daniel "Danny" Marmorstein 1,098 5.8
Total votes 18,819
2014 Florida Gubernatorial Election[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Scott/Carlos López-Cantera 2,865,343 48.1%
Democratic Charlie Crist/Annette Taddeo 2,801,198 47.1%
Libertarian Adrian Wyllie/Greg Roe 223,356 3.8%
No Party Affiliation Glenn Burkett/Jose Augusto Matos 41,341 0.7%
No Party Affiliation Farid Khavari/Lateresa A. Jones 20,186 0.3%
Total votes 5,951,561
2016 Democratic Primary, Florida's 26th Congressional District[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Garcia 14,834 51.3%
Democratic Annette Taddeo 14,108 48.7%
Total votes 28,942

Florida Senate, 2017[edit]

July 25, 2017 Special Democratic Primary, Florida Senate District 40[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Annette Taddeo 7,101 70.7%
Democratic Ana Rivas Logan 2,941 29.3%
Total votes 10,042
September 26, 2017 Special General Election, Florida Senate District 40[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Annette Taddeo 22,656 51.0%
Republican José Félix Díaz 20,987 47.2%
No Party Affiliation Christian "He-Man" Schlaerth 820 1.8%
Total votes 44,463


  1. ^ a b c Mazzei, Patricia; Caputo, Marc (July 20, 2014). "A closer look at Annette Taddeo, Charlie Crist's running mate". Miami Herald. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Bordas, Alexandria (July 5, 2017). "Two women vie for votes to replace disgraced former Sen. Frank Artiles". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  3. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Florida Division of Elections. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  4. ^ Alvarado, Francisco (April 22, 2010). "Annette Taddeo to Run for Katy Sorenson's Seat". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. ^ "August 24, 2010 Primary Election". Miami-Dade County Elections. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  6. ^ Caputo, Marc (July 17, 2014). "Crist names Miamian Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as running mate". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  7. ^ "November 4, 2014 General Election Results". Florida Division of Elections. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  8. ^ "August 30, 2016 Primary Election Results". Florida Division of Elections. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  9. ^ Mazzei, Patricia; Viglucci, Andres; Chardy, Alfonso (August 30, 2016). "Garcia ekes out victory over Taddeo, setting up Curbelo rematch". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  10. ^ "July 25, 2017 Special Primary Results". Florida Division of Elections. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  11. ^ Democrat Annette Taddeo wins Miami-area state Senate seat, Miami Herald / AP. 26 Sept 2017.
  12. ^ Paradise Afshar. Annette Taddeo wins special election to fill Senate seat vacated by Frank Artiles. WPLG 26 Sept 2016
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