Dana Young: ‘I intend to run for the Florida Senate’
TALLAHASSEE — House Majority Leader Dana Young said Tuesday she will run for state Senate, a move that was widely expected after a new set of state Senate maps were implemented as part of a redistricting lawsuit.
The Tampa Republican plans to run for the now-open Senate District 18, which includes half of her House seat’s current population.
“Assuming the Florida Supreme Court approves the redistricting plan, I intend to run for the Florida Senate in the newly-created Senate District 18, which contains vast portions of my current House district,” she told POLITICO Florida. “This would be the best way for me to continue to serve the citizens of Tampa and Hillsborough County.”
In anticipation of a Senate run, she had a big fundraising month in December, bringing in more than $170,000.
Her political committee, called Friends of Dana Young, raised $60,000, while her campaign raised nearly $112,000, which brings her combined cash on hand to $615,797.
With Pasco County Republican Sens. John Legg and Wilton Simpson both drawn into a seat just north of the district Young is eyeing, there are still other redistricting dominos yet to fall. As a House majority leader with lots of campaign cash in the bank, Young could escape a tough Republican primary, but the new maps leave a number of issues unresolved.
The seat also includes incoming House Minority Leader Janet Cruz, a Tampa Democrat.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, the Miami Democrat responsible for recruiting Democratic candidates in 2016, has hinted on Twitter that Cruz would be a perfect fit for the seat.