Charlie Crist says he will run for Congress if …

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Charlie Crist has given the most explicit statement to date that he will run for the CD 13 seat being vacated next year by David Jolly.

In a tweet sent Monday, Crist wrote, “If the new congressional map includes my home, I intend on running to serve the people again.” The tweet included a photo of Crist engaging an African-American couple in a discussion.

Crist lives in Bayfront Tower, a waterfront condo located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. That part of the city is now included in Kathy Castor’s 14th Congressional District, but the Florida Supreme Court ruled this month that Castor’s district should not extend across Tampa Bay. The result likely will be a much more Democratic-oriented CD 13.

With Jolly now out, the only “name” candidate in the race for either party is Democrat Eric Lynn, the 36-year-old former Defense Department official who worked for six years in the Obama administration.

Lynn told SaintPetersBlog that he was in the race regardless of whether Crist or any other major Democrat got into the race. He has raised more than $400,000 so far, though Crist’s name recognition would undoubtedly make him the favorite in the contest.

The Florida Legislature is scheduled to hold another Special Session next month, after having been ordered by the state Supreme Court to redraw a total of eight congressional districts in Florida, including CD 13 and CD 14.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.