Political scientist at USF St. Petesburg to challenge Jeff Brandes for state Senate seat
A University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor who teaches courses in American government is about to get some first-hand experience. She's filed papers to run as a Democrat for the state Senate seat now held by Republican Jeff Brandes.
Although she is a first-time candidate, Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, 45, of Madeira Beach, is no neophyte. The political science professor and Ph.D. has worked in presidential campaigns and has served on the board of directors of the League of Women Voters. She often appears on local television talking about politics. Her most recent book, Congressional Participation as Amicus Curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court, explores how members of Congress try to influence Supreme Court decision-making.