Eric Lynn will continue his campaign in CD 13 regardless of new map

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The Pinellas Democrat said he won't leave a blue seat undefended.

Pinellas County Democrat Eric Lynn says he’s staying in the race for the seat in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. He’s also hoping the courts will step in and stop Gov. Ron DeSantis’ controversial congressional cartography.

“I refuse to let this illegal and unconstitutional map stand without a fight, and I will be running in Florida 13 regardless of what the lines are,” Lynn said. “I am a lifelong native of Pinellas, graduate of Pinellas County Public Schools, send my kids to Pinellas County Public Schools, and I am running to represent the people of Pinellas and our shared values in Washington.”

Democrats hold the CD 13 seat and have since 2016, when U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist defeated incumbent Republican Rep. David Jolly. Crist this year is running for Governor instead of for re-election.

But a new map just signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis substantially reconfigures Tampa Bay. While CD 13 remains contained within Pinellas County, Downtown St. Petersburg and many Democratic portions of the old district end up in Florida’s 14th Congressional District, which is represented by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Democrat.

The end result for CD 13? The district goes from one where Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election by 4 percentage points to a seat Republican Donald Trump won by 7 points.

That’s as good an indication as any, Lynn said, that the map indeed violates the Fair District amendment to Florida’s Constitution that voters approved in 2010.

“The maps Gov. DeSantis drew and the Legislature recently approved are in clear violation of the Florida Constitution, which states ‘No apportionment plan or individual district shall be drawn with the intent to favor or disfavor a political party or an incumbent,’” Lynn said, citing the language in the amendment.

“It also includes an incomprehensible disregard of the 2015 State Supreme Court ruling where a district connecting Pinellas and Hillsborough only across the Tampa Bay was thrown out by the courts and forced to be redrawn.”

The Fair Districts amendment of the state constitution in 2015 led the Florida Supreme Court to toss a map approved by the Legislature in 2012. The redraw eliminated a Tampa Bay-crossing district similar to the new CD 14 and produced a more competitive CD 13, paving the way for Crist’s victory in 2016.

Lynn’s campaign team also made clear to Florida Politics that the open CD 13 seat is the only one where Lynn has considered campaigning. Lynn’s spokesperson denied the candidate had entertained a Primary challenge to Castor.

He currently faces state Reps. Ben Diamond and Michele Rayner-Goolsby in a Democratic Primary. Lynn boasts the most cash on hand as of the end of March, with almost $948,000 compared to Diamond’s almost $790,000 and Rayner’s $221,000.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • No more pot stirring

    April 28, 2022 at 10:44 am

    The difference between now and last time is that last time Florida was burdened with an activist court that couldn’t leave well enough alone. I suspect the judges will be a bit less full of themselves this time and respect the idea that lawmakers pass the maps the people want.

  • LEE T

    May 2, 2022 at 4:20 pm


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