TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - A former Florida state legislator announces he's running for congress in the newly drawn district that stretches from Jacksonville to Gadsden County.
Al Lawson served 28 years in the state senate and house. He will formally announce his file for Congress in January.
In 2012, he nearly ousted Republican Congressman Steve Southerland in former congressional district two - a spot now taken by Democratic Representative Gwen Graham.
Lawson says he's confident the new district map will help him: "I think what it means it having a voice in Washington because there is a possibility that Tallahassee would not have a voice, since we are the Capital City of Florida. It's good to make sure that with two universities here and a community college, it means a great deal to have someone advocate for you out in Washington, D.C."
Meanwhile, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum is also considering running for the District Five spot. He says he'll decide in early 2016.