Big get: Scott Fuhrman backing David Richardson in CD 27 - Florida Politics

Big get: Scott Fuhrman backing David Richardson in CD 27

Scott Furhman, the South Florida Democrat who ran in 2016 against Illena Ros-Lehtinen in Florida’s 27th Congressional District and considered running again this cycle, is endorsing state Representative David Richardson in next year’s contest.

“David is the kind of Democratic standard-bearer we need in this race right now,” Furhman said Thursday in a statement issued out by the Richardson campaign. “I know that we can count on him to fight for progressive and responsible solutions to the problems we face as a nation, as well as to stand up to the Trump administration’s harmful policies and alarming rhetoric. In Tallahassee, David has been on the right side of everything from equal rights to prison reform to gun safety to the environment. I’m excited to see him take a courageous stand for single-payer health care on day one. David gets thing done.”

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Richardson, who has been representing Miami Beach and downtown Miami in the Florida House since 2012, recently announced a bid for the congressional seat that has been held by Ros-Lehtinen since 1988. She announced earlier this year she would not run for re-election next year.

The district tilts heavily Democratic, as Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump by more than 20 points last November.

“Scott’s belief in my ability to continue carrying that flag means the world to me and I am honored to have his support,” said Richardson.

Other Democrats who have entered the race include Miami state Senator José Javier Rodríguez; Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez; University of Miami academic adviser Michael Hepburn and Mark Anthony Person.

Maria Peiro is the lone Republican to enter the race.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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