Senator Annette Taddeo has been a fighter all her life. She’s had to be. As the daughter of an American WWII fighter pilot who gave her that true fighting spirit — She was taught to always believe and never give up!
As a little girl and a teenager, Annette underwent 19 major surgeries to correct a cleft lip. When she was 17, her father Anthony, was kidnapped by a Marxist terrorist group funded by the Cuban regime. She was forced to flee an unstable Colombia to the United States.
After living and working her way through college waiting tables in Alabama, Senator Annette Taddeo moved to Miami in the wake of Hurricane Andrew to help her parents rebuild their lives. It was during those difficult months living in a motor home that she started her own business at the young age of twenty-two. As a working mom, Annette lives in Miami with her husband Dr. Eric Goldstein and daughter Sofia — Living her American dream as a small business owner for nearly 30 years. Her business, LanguageSpeak, offers translations in more than 240 languages and has been named one of the Top 100 Small Businesses in Florida.
In public life, where other Democrats fell short, Annette came out on top. In 2017, Annette became the first Latina Democrat elected to the State Senate in Florida history when she flipped a Senate seat held by a Republican. Annette is a true Democratic leader and the only candidate who has championed Democratic values her entire career. She has spent her career fighting for core Democratic issues like a living wage for all Floridians, defending a woman’s right to make choices about her own body, economic growth through helping our small businesses, affordable healthcare for all Floridians, safe drinking water, and stronger and safer schools.
In the face of obstacles and challenges, Annette has always believed and never gives up. In order to make history and break barriers as the first female and Latina governor in Florida, this is one fight she can’t do alone. She needs you.