Ross Won’t Seek Reelection
Eight candidates – two Republicans and six Democrats – were already running for his seat in the U.S. House, which includes a portion of Hillsborough County.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, announced Wednesday (April 11) that he will not run for a fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“It has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve my community as a member of Congress and I am grateful for the encouragement and input of family, friends, and neighbors over the years. After thoughtful prayer and consideration, my wife, Cindy, and I decided that I will not seek reelection for a fifth-term in office,” Ross said. “I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to serve and I look forward to the next chapter of my life which will include, in some way, continued public service.
“I never viewed this amazing opportunity as a job or a career. My home has been and will continue to be in Lakeland, FL. I look forward to returning to the practice of law and to pursuing opportunities to increase civic education for our youth, and young adults, and with that encourage more engagement and participation of future generations in government.”
Democrat Andrew Learned, one of eight candidates who were already in the running for Ross’ seat, sent out a message to supporters that said in part: “Make no mistake, today’s news is a game-changer because it is proof that our grassroots movement is already successful in changing the halls of Congress.”
The others who are running for Ross’ seat are Republicans Loretta “Leah Lax” Miller and Curtis Ralph Rogers; and Democrats Cameron Magnuson, Raymond Pena Jr., James Gregory Pilkington, Jeffrey Rabinowitz, and Greg Williams.
Ross represents District 15, which includes portions of Hillsborough, Polk and Lake counties.
The primary is Aug. 28. The general election is Nov. 6.
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