State Sen. Greg Evers files for Congress
Florida state Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, won't seek re-election and instead has filed to run for Congress in a Florida Panhandle district that already includes six other Republican candidates and two Democrats.
Among those Evers will be competing against is State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Destin, who announced last month that he would abandon his state senate campaign and instead run for the 1st Congressional District. That seat became an open seat when U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla, announced he would not see re-election. Miller had been in Congress since 2001.
Evers had originally filed for re-election to the State Senate in October of last year. Evers filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Saturday. Evers has been in the Florida Legislature since 2001. He was a House member from 2001 to 2010. Since 2010 he has been in the Florida Senate.
Besides Evers and Gaetz, other Republicans who have filed to run for the seat include: Brian Wayne Frazier, Richard Eric Gazlay, John Mills, Cris Dosev and James Zumwalt.