Florida House District 16

Districts after 2022 redistricting

Kiyan Michael got the most votes in a three-way Republican primary for Florida House District 16, which covers Jacksonville’s beaches, everything east of Southside Boulevard north of Beach Boulevard, and most of the area east of Hodges Boulevard south of Beach Boulevard.

No Democrat signed up to run in this race, but two write-in candidates qualified. That kept the primary limited to only Republican voters and Michael’s name is the only one that will appear on the November ballot in this race.

News4Jax sent a questionnaire to each candidate on the ballot asking about their background and views on several issues. Scroll down to read Michael’s responses -- in her own words.

Kiyan Michael

Kiyan Michael

Occupation: Mimi of one

Age: (no response)

Your family: Wife to a navy veteran, mother of three and mimi to one

Education: Practicum Ministry from Wagner Leadership Institute

Political experience: Political Activist

We asked our most-loyal viewers (News4Jax Insiders) what three issues they would most like candidates to address:

Viewers’ No. 1 issue: The economy

  • I would promote non-traditional skills and trade for students not interested in going to college. Our workforce is still suffering because of COVID-19 and we need to rebuild so our economy doesn’t stagnate.

Viewers’ No. 2 issue: Voter rights/election integrity

  • We must do everything possible to make sure that we have the highest code for standards for our elections to decrease the chance for fraud. I support Governor DeSantis’s creation of an office for election integrity and will support requiring an ID when you go vote.

Viewers’ No. 3 issue: Gun rights/gun safety

  • I support the right to carry and will support for our 2nd Amendment Rights.

News4Jax asked each candidate three additional questions to help voters determine which most agrees with their views:

What do you see as the top three issues facing the state and nation over the next two years?

  1. The Economy
  2. Immigration
  3. Education

Do you believe Joe Biden is the legitimately elected president of the United States?

  • (No response)

In light of the Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade, would you propose or support additional laws either banning abortion entirely or guaranteeing reproductive rights?

  • I believe all life is sacred and would support additional laws to ban abortions.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?

  • I am not a political insider. I am not bought by special interest.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

  • That regular, everyday people, especially people of color through hard work can be elected by the people to represent them in public office especially at the State and Federal level. That I am the person that lead by integrity and represented their values well and consistently. I want little girls to know the live in the greatest nation in the world and the limits are off.

Campaign website: kiyanmichael.com

Campaign’s social media site(s): .facebook.com/KiyanForFl

Note: Richard E. Hartley and Hartley Wayne Moore qualified as write-in candidates. Their names will not appear on the general election ballot but their presence in the race kept the August primary closed to only Republican voters.