ST. PETERSBURG, FL (970 WFLA) -- Former chief financial officer, banker and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink has been the subject of buzz as a potential candidate for the 13th Congressional District seat that became vacant when longtime U.S. Representative Bill Young died earlier this month.
Now, she's made it official.
Sink's campaign has issued a news release that points to a new website, alexforcongress.com. She's quoted as saying she finds "a deep frustration" with what she calls the "dysfunctional and reckless politics" in Washington. Her release says she's running to "change the way Washington does business."
Sink is one of Florida's few high-profile Democratic politicians. Potential problems include a primary battle with Jessica Ehrlich, who ran against Young last year and has already raised money for a new battle, in anticipation of Young's retirement. Sink may also face criticism because she currently doesn't live in the district. She tells the Tampa Bay Times she's looking for a home there.
It's not clear how many Republicans will end up vying for the seat. Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, who worked in Young's office for more than 30 years, tells AM Tampa Bay people have been encouraging him to run, but he hasn't made a decision yet. "I'm enjoying being mayor of the city of Clearwater right now," Cretekos tells 970 WFLA.
A special election is expected in March, with party primaries in mid-January.