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Corrine Brown says she'll file for district she is fighting



Rep. Corrine Brown said Wednesday she is mulling further legal action but intends to file for the newly drawn Congressional District 5 that she has so far challenged unsuccessfully.

“I am very disappointed in the Federal court’s decision earlier this week,” the Jacksonville Democrat said in a statement. “Although I still maintain that the new congressional districts will be severely disadvantageous to minorities throughout the state of Florida, I intend to declare my candidacy for the newly drawn Congressional District Five of Florida.  With respect to the redistricting lawsuit, I am still mulling my options, and am reviewing the ruling with Rep. John Conyers (the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee), as well as with Attorney William Sheppard and his legal team in Jacksonville.”

Brown said she has “a lot of unfinished business to address in Washington, and I look forward to providing a strong voice in Congress for the citizens in the new 5th Congressional District.

Brown, who has served in Congress since 1992 in a district that sliced through the central part of Florida from Jacksonville to Orlando, is likely to face unfamiliar competition for the new North Florida-based district.

Former state Sen. Al Lawson, a long-serving Democratic legislator from Quincy, has announced his decision to run in the district regardless of Brown's decision and others have said they are considering jumping into the race as well.

-- Mary Ellen Klas contributed to this report.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:23pm]


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