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Rick Kriseman to host Sarasota fundraiser for Susannah Randolph in CD9 race

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is the featured host for a Sarasota fundraiser later this month for Susannah Randolph, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 9th Congressional District.

“Susannah Randolph has a strong record of fighting for Florida’s middle class, seniors, and the environment,”  Kriseman says in the announcement. “I am proud to support her and Central Florida needs and deserves a fighter for fairness like her.”

In one of the most intriguing congressional primaries in the nation, Randolph is seeking to replace incumbent Alan Grayson, who is running for Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate seat. Randolph once worked as Grayson’s district director.

Other candidates in the Democratic primary include Grayson’s girlfriend, biochemist Dr. Dena Minning, state Sen. Darren Soto, former state Rep. Ricardo Rangel, and businesswoman Valleri Crabtree.

On the Republican side, Wayne Liebnitzsky has filed.

The left-leaning 9th District consists of parts of Orange, Osceola, and Polk counties. The winner of the Democratic primary will most likely be favored in the 2016 general election .

Frank Torres is the Orlando-area writer for Florida Politics. He is a U.S. Army veteran who grew up in Central Florida and has covered politics in the region since 2009. Torres serves as a regular contributor to several news and radio organizations in the area and features original photography from many of the events he covers. He can be reached at

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