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Gwen Graham says she is 'seriously considering' running for governor

Gwen Graham, left, talks with supporter Merry Rainwater outside a voting precinct in Panama City on Nov. 4, 2014. Graham says she's not running for re-election, but will think about running for governor in 2018.

AP file (2014)

Gwen Graham, left, talks with supporter Merry Rainwater outside a voting precinct in Panama City on Nov. 4, 2014. Graham says she's not running for re-election, but will think about running for governor in 2018.

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham announced this morning she will not seek re-election and is considering a run for governor in 2018.

The Democrat from Tallahassee, and daughter of the former Gov. Bob Graham, decision follows what a news release deemed "a long, chaotic redistricting battle which transformed the Second Congressional District from a fair, moderate district into two extreme, partisan districts."

That transformed an already tough seat into one more friendly to Republicans. Graham, 53, defeated incumbent Rep. Steve Southerland in 2014.

"Our state government is just dysfunctional, and this causes me to rethink how I can best serve the people of North Florida and our state. Floridians are hungry for new leadership — and I'm so excited to tell you, first, I'm seriously considering running for governor in 2018," Graham says in the video. "Public servants must focus on the job they're elected to do, so I will spend the remainder of my term fully representing you in Congress — but I will not seek re-election while considering this next step of service."

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2016 9:03am]

    

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