Burgin will compete against Lee to replace Storms in state Senate
State Rep. Rachel Burgin says she will indeed run for the state Senate seat being vacated by her friend, Ronda Storms.
In doing so, Burgin will abandon what was likely a relatively safe reelection bid to take on former Senate President Tom Lee, who announced Friday night, shortly after Storms said she was leaving to take on embattled Hillsborough Property Appraiser Rob Turner. Burgin has previously said she's not intimidated by any candidate.
"The Senate needs true leaders that are willing to take a stand on behalf of the constituents they represent not just the special interests that may want their vote," Burgin said in a news release. "The people of Florida have told us they want fresh faces, good morals, strong ethics and hard workers in Tallahassee who refuse to participate in politics as usual. As I run this race I will work hard to listen and continue to represent the residents of our community in the Florida Senate."
The news release is attached.