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Martin County sheriff to challenge Allen West



Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder announced today that he will challenge Broward Congressman Allen West in the Republican primary in the newly-drawn congressional seat that stretches to Martin County.

West, a Plantation Republican, announced plans to run for the 18th congressional seat after Rep. Tom Rooney, R-West Palm Beach, announced he would move further north.

Crowder has a long career in law enforcement, having served as Martin County sheriff for 20 years and as an undersheriff in St. Lucie County before that. in 2010, he appeared in a controversial campaign ad on behalf of Democrat Alex Sink in which he warned about the prospects of a Scott administration.

Crowder's announcement was first reported by WPEC, CBS-12.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 4:05pm]


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