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Al Lawson files to run for second term in Congress

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 14:48:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Al Lawson, Jr. is seeking a second term in Congress.

The U.S. representative filed paperwork Tuesday morning to run for re-election and he also shared his thoughts on key races in the Sunshine State.

Lawson said he expects U.S. Senator Bill Nelson to "survive" and keep his seat in a close race against Governor Rick Scott.

He also predicts Democrats will do well in Florida but only if enough of the party's registered voters go to the polls.

The congressman also said it's time for change at the governor's mansion and the key will be picking the right candidate in the Democratic primary.

"While I served in the Legislature, I served almost 20 years under Republican leadership, so it's time that Florida come back," said Lawson. "Florida is always viewed as a more conservative state, but I think, in light of the things that have happened, the problem that we have with guns and gun violence in the state, I think we need a Democratic perspective to change a lot of that."

Lawson will face former Jacksonville mayor Alvin Brown in the Democratic primary in August to represent Florida's 5th Congressional District.