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Steve Southerland gets another challenger



State Rep. Leonard Bembry, a North Florida Democrat, says he'll challenge Congressman Steve Southerland, a first-term Republican from Panama City with tea party ties.

"Steve Southerland has not delivered on the political promises he made in 2010 to create jobs, change Washington, DC, and bring practical solutions that will put Floridians back to work and tackle the tough challenges we face," Bembry says in a news release sent by the state Democratic party.

Southerland took the seat in 2010 from longtime Democrat Allen Boyd, part of a wave that gave Republicans control of the House. He's been a vocal member of the sprawling freshman class and assembled a solidly conservative voting record. But Democrats think he's out of step with the district and have tried to exploit his gaffe earlier this year that he's underpaid.

Panama City lawyer Alvin Peters, a Democrat, has already he's running for the seat. Former state lawmaker Nancy Argenziano has said she'll run as an independent.

Bemby, by the way, bears a close resemblence to Boyd. The state rep is on the left.

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[Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2011 2:09pm]


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