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Rep. Lake Ray interested in Ander Crenshaw's congressional seat



An outgoing state House member from Jacksonville says he's exploring a bid to replace Ander Crenshaw in the U.S. Congress.

Republican State Rep. Lake Ray announced his plans on Twitter this morning to campaign for Florida's Fourth Congressional District seat.

"We need to make sure NE Florida is well-represented," Ray wrote. "This congressional race will be about experience. We can't afford to have someone learn on the job."

Every hour for 10 hours today, Ray plans to tweet accomplishments "that will demonstrate why I am exploring this run."

Ray was first elected to the Florida House in 2008; he faces term limits and can't run for re-election. Before his time in the Legislature, he was on the Jacksonville City Council from 1999-2007.

Crenshaw, 71, announced last week that he wouldn't seek re-election to Congress after serving eight terms in office.

Several Jacksonville-area legislators have been named as possible candidates in the race to replace him.

As of Monday morning, only one person had filed with the Federal Election Commission for the open seat: St. Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure, a Republican who runs a health care technology company in St. Augustine.

[Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2016 9:55am]


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