Seventh Democrat enters race for CD 13 in hopes of toppling Anna Paulina Luna
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Liz Dahan
'I will hit the ground running and have the relationships to ensure we bring your tax dollars back to our district as investments in our future.'

A seventh Democrat has announced plans to run for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Liz Dahan is a communications professional who recently moved to the district after working for years in Washington, D.C., and other places.

Dahan, who is from South Florida, has worked in communications for 20 years, focusing on business, government and foreign policy.

She most recently worked in D.C. as a partner at Brunswick, a global firm that provides advisory services on a variety of issues including financial, regulatory, political and social. There, Dahan worked with financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and others to communicate social values and design sustainability and to chart a path toward environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies.

Dahan also previously worked with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Bank and with former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota.

“Pinellas County is at a development crossroads. We have critical needs in transportation and infrastructure, affordable housing, environmental mitigation, and the urgent fight against climate change,” Dahan said. “I will hit the ground running and have the relationships to ensure we bring your tax dollars back to our district as investments in our future.”

Dahan joins a crowded field of Democrats hoping to earn their party’s nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, a far-right conservative member of the House Freedom Caucus who aligns with former President Donald Trump.

The field also includes Whitney Fox, a former Communications Director for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority who is so far the top fundraiser on the Democratic side with more than $200,000 raised; Sabrina Bousbar, who would be the first Generation Z woman elected to Congress and who self-reported $100,000 raised in the first 10 days of her campaign; Mark Weinkrantz, who has self-financed nearly all of the $44,000 raised for his campaign; John Liccione, who has raised about $24,000; Peter Owen, who is also a Gen Z candidate but hasn’t reported any significant fundraising; and Tony D’Arrigo who has not yet reported fundraising numbers.

Whoever emerges from the Democratic Primary will face an uphill battle against Luna. The incumbent has raised more than $1.1 million and has nearly $550,000 still on hand, according to the most recent campaign reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

Luna won CD 13 for Republicans in 2022 following redistricting, which shifted the district from a slight Democratic advantage to a GOP-leaning seat. Cook Political Report lists the district as “likely Republican” at R+6.

Dahan plans to focus at least some of her campaign on issues important to women, such as pay equity, financial inclusion, family planning and family medical leave — issues on which she has worked previously with clients.

“I am passionate about women’s rights and I will be a staunch advocate for legislation that protects abortion access and IVF care. Personal decisions like these should remain with individuals, not dictated by the government. I will fight against any attempts to infringe upon these fundamental rights,” Dahan said.

Asked about her reason for joining the race relatively late in the game, Dahan told Florida Politics she believes she has the experience, temperament and background to flip CD 13 for Democrats.

“It’s time to cut through the noise and dysfunction in Washington and make government work together again,” she said. “Together we can build a prosperous and resilient future for the people of Pinellas County.”

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected].


  • Dont Say FLA

    March 20, 2024 at 7:47 am

    If Anna Paulina Porisluna loses her sweet House gig, which I don’t see as likely to happen, but if it did, is she even old enough to go back to stripping in Florida? Or will we find her on the FnlyOans and Chatter Beight?

  • Corn Pop

    March 20, 2024 at 3:01 pm

    John Liccione is a vexatious litigant. He’s filed for (and failed to obtain) Orders of Protection against a number of persons in both Maryland and Florida. Google it. Also look into his failure to pay his taxes and the IRS judgement against him. Not to mention this gem:

    “In an August 28 competency proceeding, after hearing “details that referenced delusions and paranoia,” the court handling Liccione’s criminal case declared him mentally incompetent and a danger to himself and others. Liccione was committed to the Springfield Psychiatric Hospital.”

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