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Former state Rep. John Quinones close to entering race for new Hispanic congressional district

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housephotosized1152.jpg.pngFormer state Rep. John Quiñones, now chairman of the Osceola County Commission, says he's close to jumping in the race for a new Congressional district that will reflect the growing Hispanic population in central Florida.

"I'm very interested," he said in an interview this afternoon. There are other Republican candidates but Quiñones would be a strong contender. He was born in Puerto Rico and has represented a large part of the district.

Quiñones said he's closely watching what happens with the redistricting maps. A likely Democratic challenger would be Alan Grayson, who served on term in Congress but was defeated in the 2010 midterm elections by Dan Webster.

"He's more interested in Washington politics and the talk shows than the people in the district," Quiñones said.

[Last modified: Friday, March 16, 2012 5:35pm]

    

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