Crowder spoke first to CBS 12’s Jana Eschbach today to announce his candidacy.
Crowder says he wants the people of the Treasure Coast represented by the people of the Treasure Coast, not by someone brought in to represent the area.
Crowder is talking about Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, a tea party Republican who announced plans to run for the 18th district seat after Rep. Tom Rooney is moving to the district in central Florida. West faced an uphill battle in his current district, redrawn in redistricting by the GOP-controlled state House.
Crowder has more than 50 years in public service, serving as the undersheriff of St Lucie County for more than a decade, and Sheriff of Martin County for 20 years.
He says he won’t go to Washington and be “changed by the city,” plans on doing what is best for the region.
Crowder spoke with former State Sen. President Ken Pruit, who declined to run for Congress, before making up his mind.