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Rep. Mike Hill files for open Panhandle Senate seat



After Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, announced he is running for Congress, a conservative House Republican is jockeying for his abandoned state Senate seat.

Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola Beach, told Panhandle talk radio host Burnie Thompson he's running to replace Evers, according to a video on Thompson's Facebook page.

"I decided it was time for me to step up and to run for that state Senate seat," Hill said.

One of the House's more conservative members, Hill was elected in a June 2013 special election. He's an insurance agent and also the only Republican African-American member of the Legislature.

Hill has not filed for the seat with the Division of Elections.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:35pm]


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