Democrat Jessica Ehrlich to challenge Congressman Bill Young

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The Associated Press and the News Service of Florida report that Democrat Jessica Ehrlich has announced she will again challenge Republican Congressman Bill Young.

From a release:

Jessica Ehrlich today announced that she will be a candidate for Congress in the 13th Congressional district currently represented by twenty-two term incumbent Bill Young.

“It’s absolutely infuriating to watch what is going on in the U.S. House. Members ofCongress aren’t listening, they aren’t compromising, and they certainly aren’t offering solutions. After 43 years in Washington, Bill Young has lost touch with Pinellas County. Instead of looking for solutions to address wasteful spending, investing in job creation and education, and protecting Medicare and Social Security benefits, he votes repeatedly for a budget that does the exact opposite. I am running for Congress because it’s time for a new direction. We need solid solutions for the real problems people face every day.”

Jessica Ehrlich is a St. Petersburg native and a practicing attorney. Before practicing law, she worked in international business and finance at three Fortune 500 Companies. As an attorney, she has worked on Capitol Hill working for both Republicans and Democrats serving as an aide to Representative Clay Shaw (R- FL) and Counsel to Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and developed technology for Bloomberg LP to bring transparency to the legislative and regulatory processes.  

Ehrlich serves on the Advisory Board of Ruth’s List Florida, is a national She Should Run spokesperson, is active in the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and the Shorecrest Preparatory School alumni association, and has developed a college scholarship in her father’s name.

Meanwhile, Young, 82, raised $58,000 during the first quarter of 2013 and has $209,000 on hand, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.