Jessica Ehrlich officially announces campaign for Bill Young’s newly-drawn 13th Congressional District

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St. Petersburg native and attorney Jessica Ehrlich today announced her intention to run for Congress in Florida’s new 13th Congressional District (formerly the 10th District). Ehrlich, who has deep roots in the community, will draw on her experience working with both sides of the aisle and her pragmatic business approach to problem solving to help create jobs, strengthen middle class families, and protect the needs of our seniors.

“It’s time for Washington to stop its petty arguing and get down to the serious business of creating jobs, investing in our future, and improving the lives of all Americans,” said Jessica Ehrlich. “I have worked with both Democrats and Republicans in Washington, and I know what’s possible when our representatives put the good of the American people before partisanship. In the coming months, I will listen to voters across the district and share my vision for attracting good jobs, protecting the commitment we made to our greatest generation, and moving Pinellas County forward into a brighter future.”

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Southern Methodist University School of Law, and a former clerk for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Federal Court for Middle Florida in Tampa, Ehrlich worked in international business and in law before transitioning to public service. Ehrlich worked for then U.S. Representative Clay Shaw (R-FL) on the Social Security Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means. She then served as counsel for U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA) on the Financial Services Committee. Ehrlich left Washington to return to the private sector where she developed technology to help businesses better understand the legislative process.

Ehrlich was raised with a deep commitment to her family and to the community here in Pinellas County. When her father was diagnosed with a terminal blood disease, she returned home and, upon his passing, committed herself to continuing his legacy of service to Pinellas County.

“My father taught me at an early age that cooperation and civic pride go hand in hand. I am running for Congress to improve the lives of every resident here in Pinellas and make sure that future generations have the opportunity to grow and flourish as I have.”

“The extremists in Congress have proven that they are incapable of putting partisanship aside to tackle the enormous challenges facing us. We deserve better,” said Ehrlich. “Bill Young has represented Pinellas County honorably and admirably, but over his more than 40 years in Congress, he’s changed. Representative Young has lost touch with our values and our priorities and has become a symbol of what’s wrong with Washington. The time has come for a new and energetic approach. We need a Representative focused on preserving Medicare, not ending it; standing up to special interests, not kowtowing to them; and growing the economy for all through innovation, job generation, and fresh thinking.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.