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Newly-drawn 13th has Democratic candidates gearing up for battle



Following the state Supreme Court's unsuprising ruling to relocate a sizable chunk of Democratic voters into the 13th Congressional District last week, Democratic candidates in the Pinellas County district rejoiced.

Former governor Charlie Crist released a statement saying the new district lines will be a boon for the state's most-densely populated county.

"There's no place like home, especially a home with fair congressional districts like we now have in Pinellas County. The people's voice will finally be whole, loud, and clear when we fight for fair wages, new jobs, equality, education, and protecting our shorelines," Crist said.

This week, Eric Lynn, a fomer Obama administration defense official, reintroduced himself to voters with a new YouTube campaign video, one that emphasizes his Pinellas roots and takes oblique shots at the "political posturing" of unnamed opponents.

Here's the video released Tuesday "formally" introducing the underdog candidate who has been running since April. Crist jumped into the race in October to replace departing U.S. Rep. David Jolly.

 Jolly, a Republican, is running for the U.S. Senate.

So far, the only Republican candidate in the 13th District race is retired U.S. Marine Corps reserve brigadier general Mark Bircher of Largo who finished third in the GOP primary in the 2014 special election after the death of  Congressman C.W. Bill Young. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 3:00pm]


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