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Former U.S. Attorney Ken Sukhia announces bid for Gwen Graham's seat in Congress



From the News Service of Florida:

Former U.S. Attorney Ken Sukhia formally announced Tuesday that he will run for a newly redrawn U.S. House seat held by Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham.

Speaking at a park in Tallahassee across the street from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Sukhia told a few dozen supporters that he would fight for conservative values if elected.

"I stand here this afternoon because I love our country, and I want to save our core principles," said Sukhia, a Republican. "I want to be used in the battle and to know that when the foundations were being attacked, I did my part to defend them. I believe I am proven and prepared for this fight."

Sukhia has long been involved in Republican legal circles, serving as U.S. attorney for North Florida under President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s, and working as a private attorney on recount litigation for George W. Bush in 2000.

Sukhia enters a GOP primary race that already includes Neal Dunn, a surgeon who has raised more than $700,000 when his own money is included, and Mary Thomas, a lawyer at the Florida Department of Elder Affairs who has raised almost $300,000 counting what she has chipped into her campaign.

While Graham ousted Republican incumbent Steve Southerland in 2014 despite a GOP wave across the country, a new redistricting plan makes the 2nd Congressional District heavily tilted against Democrats. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the redrawn district by almost 31 points in 2012.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 5:23pm]


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