Mary Thomas to formally announce run for CD 2 Wednesday in Tallahassee

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Republican Mary Thomas will announce her candidacy for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District tomorrow at the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee, according to a release.

A first-generation American, Thomas — “a mom, a wife, an attorney, a first-generation American and a strong conservative” — would be the first Indian-American woman in Congress.

Thomas is seeking the GOP nomination in a seat almost certain to be significantly altered when the Legislature convenes August 10 to redraw eight congressional districts, including North Florida’s 5th Congressional District.

That would likely split CD 2 — currently represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham –– in half, opening the door for a challenge.

Experts expect the reconstituted CD 2 to skew heavily Republican — about R+16 or so, though the presence of former “Dixiecrats” and former “Yellow dog” Democrats in the district still show Dems with a registration advantage.

Thomas currently serves in the administration of Gov. Rick Scott as general counsel in the Department of Elder Affairs.

According to her website, Thomas has worked on a number of key issues of state and regional significance as a lawyer with the state, including “negotiations regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, developing strategies to protect the Apalachicola Bay from Georgia’s unchecked consumption of water… and helping to solve military base encroachment issues around the Panhandle’s military installations.”

The announcement is set for noon at the Press Center on 336 E. College Avenue in downtown Tallahassee.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at ryan@floridapolitics.com.