A Southwest Ranches businesswoman announced Monday that she will run for Congress against U.S. Rep. David Rivera.
Democrat Gloria Romero Roses will be running against Republican David Rivera for the seat of Florida’s 26th congressional district.
"I'm really running to lead," she told NBC in an interview. "The more I see the crossroads that our country is at right now with so many things that are instrumental to how I believe I succeeded, that I needed to step up. I needed to be a voice."
Roses was born in Colombia and lives in Southwest Ranches with her husband, Tom Roses and daughter Alexandra.
"I feel very strongly that I have been blessed, as my family has been blessed in living the American dream," Roses said.
Roses said that voters can expect honesty and communication with her as congresswoman.
"I think what they can expect is a lot of honesty. I engage with people on a very one-on-one level because I believe very strongly that it's only through listening and dialoguing that we're going to be able to solve these problems," she said.
She is a managing partner for Nexus Home, LLC., and has extensive background in real estate in South Florida, working with Condominium Homeowners Association. She also served on the Workforce Housing Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
“I put myself through school at Florida International University by managing Condominium Homeowners Association," Roses said. "I currently sit on the Dean's council and work closely with the executive Dean promoting the next pipeline of leaders within the business community."
Her advice for young Republicans and Democrats: "Build the alliances. Get into your community and help problem solve because ultimately it's not just about Democrats and Republicans, it's really about people coming together."
The last Democratic businesswoman to run for Congress in Miami-Dade was Annette Taddeo of Pinecrest in 2008.