Rep. Rachel Burgin formally announces she’s running for State Senate (vs. Tom Lee)

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Forty eight hours ago, East Hillsborough politics were relatively tranquil. On Friday, Senator Ronda Storms changed all that, announcing she would be running for hillsborough County Property Appraiser. Storms’s decision has set off a game of political dominoes that continues to be in play this holiday weekend.

The latest move: Rep. Rachel Burgin has formally announced that she will run for Storms’s seat, joining former Senate President Tom Lee in a Republican primary that is far from being set.

Burgin’s statement is below, but, before that, let me add two notes: 1) I’m pretty sure Tom Lee is a Jack Latvala guy when it comes to who he will support for Senate President.  Lee attended and spoke at Latvala’s major fundraiser held just two weeks ago. 2) Joe Wicker has already announced he is running for Burgin’s seat.  Now, it will be interesting to see what Brandon Chamber President Jeff Reynolds does next.

Here is Rep. Burgin’s written statement:

“I am humbled to have represented State House District 56 for the past four years. State Senate District 24 encompasses many residents I have had the honor of representing since 2008,” said Representative Burgin.

“Senator Ronda Storms has served our community well for many years. Her steadfast and tireless commitment to conservative values and principles and her dedication to our community’s children have been extraordinary. My commitment is to work tirelessly to advance our shared values and principles in the Florida Senate.”

“The Senate needs true leaders that are willing to take a stand on behalf of the constituents they represent not just the special interests that may want their vote. The people of Florida have told us they want fresh faces, good morals, strong ethics and hard workers in Tallahassee who refuse to participate in politics as usual. As I run this race I will work hard to listen and continue to represent the residents of our community in the Florida Senate.”

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