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Pinellas Commissioner Karen Seel won't run for Congress



   Pinellas Commissioner Karen Seel said she has decided not to seek the Republican nomination to an open congressional seat, saying she likes the work she is doing now.

   "I enjoy so much serving locally and making a difference in individuals' lives," she said.

   "I like going into the grocery store and somebody saying 'Oh I need to talk to you about this, can you help me?' " she said. And she  likes the fact that she can see firsthand the effects of the county commission's work.

   Seel said her family was very supportive of her interest in running for congress -- but at the same time, they seemed relieved when she decided not to undertake the campaign.

   The seat is open because of the death last month of longtime Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young. Young's former general counsel David Jolly is running for the GOP nomination to the seat, and several others are still considering it.

   On the Democratic side, former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is running and so is St. Petersburg lawyer Jessica Ehrlich.

   Libertarian Lucas Overby also is running.


[Last modified: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 1:43pm]


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