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Kevin Burns ends bid for U.S. Senate to run for State Senate seat Dan Gelber is vacating

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Less than a week after filing papers to run, former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns will announce at  Wednesday’s Democracy for America meeting in Coral Gables that he is ending his campaign for the U.S. Senate and will instead run for the state Senate seat that Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, is vacating to run for attorney general.

With real estate billionaire Jeff Greene announcing on Friday that he would enter the Democratic primary for the Senate, Burns and his team said the dynamics of the contest had changed.

Just as he had running for the U.S. Senate, Burns intends to continue campaigning against offshore drilling. “One simple spill is devastating Florida and Louisiana and this wasn’t a big spill,” said Burns.

Burns gave the recently ended legislative session low marks. “It was a terrible session,” he said, maintaining that the Legislature went after school teachers, business owners and abortion rights.

Burns made no apologies for his 18-month campaign for the U.S. Senate. He called it a learning experience and talked about the thousands of Floridians he had met. “The same problems in Miami-Dade are the same problems in Gainesville and across the state,” he said.

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.

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