Florida nonprofit founder launches bid to substitute Crist in Congress

Nonprofit founder Audrey Henson is leaping into the race for Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristTrump announces endorsement in GOP race to change Crist in Florida GOP leader using proxy voting fight to Supreme Courtroom DeSantis and Abbott examination unfavorable for competence and compassion More’s (D-Fla.) St. Petersburg-dependent Property seat. 

Henson, a Pinellas County businesswoman who started a nonprofit that will help college or university pupils protected congressional internships, joins two other Republicans  Anna Paulina Luna and Amanda Makki  in the key to replace Crist in Florida’s 13th District. 

In a online video announcing her campaign on Wednesday, Henson hammered residence her Florida roots and solid herself as a challenging-line conservative, vowing to “support our police” and “protect the southern border and the Port of Tampa in which illegal immigrants and medications are smuggled in daily.”

“I’m not a different carpetbagging politician,” Henson explained. “I grew up in this article in Pinellas on food items stamps and Medicaid with moms and dads who struggled with material abuse and seasoned firsthand how large authorities programs meant to assist us harm us.”

“I’m functioning for Congress mainly because we want genuine persons prepared to phase up and consider the battle to Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema Overnight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny more than Instagram’s impact on teens Democrats experience blow on drug pricing as 3 moderates buck party Much more, ‘the Squad’ and the liberal elite who are pushing trillion-greenback socialist applications and liberal ideology that are destroying our place,” she included, referring to the Household Speaker from California and a group of liberal Democratic lawmakers.

The race for Florida’s 13th District, which encompasses most of Pinellas County on Florida’s Gulf Coastline, is amongst the state’s important congressional battlegrounds in 2022. 

Crist, a Republican-turned-Democrat, isn’t in search of a fourth term in the Dwelling up coming 12 months and is as a substitute working for Florida governor, leaving his Property seat open and increasing Republicans’ hopes of recapturing the district after dropping it in 2016.

A handful of Democrats are functioning to substitute Crist, like state Reps. Michele Rayner and Ben Diamond and previous Obama administration adviser Eric Lynn.