Sen. Mike Bennett to challenge Kathy Castor for Congressional seat

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State Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, is leaving no doubt about his plans to run for Congress in 2012, reports Jeremy Wallace.

Bennett said when theFlorida Legislature adjourns on May 6, he will file to run for the 11th Congressional District, which is currently held by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa.

Currently, Bennett does not live in that district, which is based in Tampa and stretches down to include heavily Democratic parts of Palmetto and Bradenton.

But Bennett is counting on the 11th District to be redrawn to include more of Manatee County and less of Hillsborough as part of the congressional redistricting process. Bennett said, because of how big Manatee and Sarasota counties have become, the Legislature will likely have to take more of Manatee County out of Buchanan’s 13th District and put those voters into the 11th District. More here.

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