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Evers, Gaetz could compete for Jeff Miller's congressional seat



State Sen. Greg Evers and Rep. Matt Gaetz are two of the names circulating in the Panhandle as candidates for the congressional seat now held by Jeff Miller.

Miller has announced he will not seek re-election.

The Pensacola News-Journal reports that Evers is close to announcing. "The truth of the matter is, I wish that the congressman (Miller) would reconsider," Evers said. "But if he's not going to run, I am looking at the options, talking to constituents, praying about it and seeing where I am."

Gaetz "had been setting up a run for his father's Senate seat, but is reportedly shifting gears to pursue a congressional run following Miller's announcement," the paper reported.

Gaetz this morning told The Buzz, "When Donald Trump is president, Northwest Florida's voice in Congress must be ready to advance bold, conservative reform. That's what I've done in the Legislature. I've cut taxes, defended the Constitution and supported military families. I'm strongly considering running for Congress."

Gaetz is in the most intense Florida Senate race in the state. He and George Broward Gainer have raised over $1.6 million combined. If Gaetz drops out of that race, he spares Senate Republicans a nasty primary.

Others include Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford and Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.

-- Times/Herald staff writer Jeremy Wallace contributed to this report.

[Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2016 11:57am]


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