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Corrine Brown declares candidacy in CD 5, even as she explores options in redistricting suit

Will Corrine Brown run to retain her seat in the redrawn CD 5? A Friday release from her press shop says the veteran Jacksonville Democrat is running, even as she explores appeal options in the redistricting suit.

“Although I am extremely disappointed in the Federal court’s decision earlier this week, I am declaring my candidacy for the newly drawn Congressional District Five of Florida.  And with respect to the redistricting lawsuit, I will continue to explore my options regarding a possible appeal, and am still reviewing the ruling with lead Attorney William Sheppard and his legal team in Jacksonville,” Brown said in a statement that reiterated her previous position this week.

“I have a lot of unfinished business to address in Washington, and I look forward to providing a strong voice in Congress for the citizens in the new 5th Congressional District,” Brown adds.

“As I always have,” Brown continues, “I will fight to bring the federal dollars that the citizens of the 5th District send to Washington back to Florida. As a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will continue to fight to enhance transportation and infrastructure funding and development not only for the state of Florida but for the nation.”

Brown, as of now, has $71,000 cash on hand for the race. Expect the next filing to be more robust though.

Even with that relative paucity of funds, she’s well ahead of her only plausible opponent, Al Lawson; the Tallahassee Democrat has around $22,000 on hand.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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