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Mitch Perry Report for 3.17.15 — David Jolly to get a challenger?

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Happy St. Patrick Day to you and  yours.

Well, it was quite a busy Monday. There were a number of stories I reported on yesterday, but none bigger locally than this: the Pinellas County Democratic Party already has one more candidate to challenge David Jolly in 2016 than they did last year.

He’s Eric Lynn, and he’s definitely going to run for the Democratic nomination in the CD13 contest. (Check that. On Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for Lynn told Florida Politics that Lynn is considering a run at the moment, but hasn’t committed at all to a candidacy).

You may be asking — Eric who?

He’s a guy with Pinellas roots, but he’s been in Washington for awhile. Sort of like Jessica Ehrlich, who had worked in Washington and New York when she opted to challenge Bill Young back in 2012.

We’re sure there’s going to be a Republican challenger to Jolly next year as well. But one has to surmise that Jolly looks pretty good at the moment. He’s made very few bad moves in the nearly year that he’s been serving in Washington.

But the fact that the Democrats failed to produce a challenger to him last November was an absolute disgrace. Viva democracy!

Here’s some of the other stories we reported on yesterday:

Kathy Castor is working with local attorneys to get ready for DACA & DAPA, when and if President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are allowed to proceed.

That controversial guns on campus bill is moving apace in the Florida Legislature — at least one part of it.

A week after Rose Ferlita says she’ll have nothing to do with Jackie Toledo’s Tampa City Council race — Ferlita endorses Toledo.

Early voting has begun in the District 6 Council race.

Floridians for Solar Choice is almost ready for their Supreme Court close-up.

And former Jersey governor (and flaky Chris Christie friend) Thomas Kean comes to St. Pete in May to give the commencement speech at Eckerd College.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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