Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren is endorsing Andrew Learned for Florida House District 59.
The Democrat’s endorsement comes as little surprise considering Learned is the only Democrat in the race.
Learned is running to replace Rep. Adam Hattersley who is not seeking reelection to run instead for Congress.
“I am proud to offer my endorsement of Andrew Learned in the Florida House, District 59 race. Andrew is a proven leader and advocate for issues Floridians care about,” Warren said. “He has the vision to improve education, increase accessible housing, and expand affordable healthcare — all of which shrink the footprint of criminal justice and make our communities safer and stronger. I know we can count on Andrew to be a problem-solver in Tallahassee and represent the people of district 59 with honor and integrity.”
Learned previously faced Mark Oliver in the Democratic primary, but now does not face a primary challenger after Oliver switched races to run in House District 70.
The race is an important one for Democrats. Hattersley flipped the seat blue in 2018, replacing former Rep. Ross Spano who he now is hoping to unseat in Congress. That leaves an opening for Republicans to reclaim the seat with no incumbent running.
“I have the utmost respect for the many reforms that State Attorney Warren is implementing to better serve the residents of Hillsborough County. I am proud to receive this endorsement and humbled by the faith he has placed in me to represent the citizens of district 59,” Learned said.
Learned brings to the race strong name recognition if not incumbency. He ran for Congress in 2018, losing the Democratic primary to Kristen Carlson who went on to lose in the general to Spano.
Learned is from the Brandon area, which the district represents. He’s served eight years in the U.S. Navy and served three deployments in the Middle East. Learned currently serves as an officer in the Navy Reserve.
He’s also a small business owner, owning and operating Grade Power Learning Center, a tutoring center in Valrico. That school employs 12 teachers and aims to empower students to reach their highest potential.