TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a video released to supporters, Representative Gwen Graham is announcing she will not seek re-election to Congress, and instead is considering running for governor in 2018.
Graham’s decision follows a long, chaotic redistricting battle which transformed the Second Congressional District from a fair, moderate district into two extreme, partisan districts.
“Our state government is just dysfunctional, and this causes me to rethink how I can best serve the people of North Florida and our state. Floridians are hungry for new leadership — and I’m so excited to tell you, first, I’m seriously considering running for governor in 2018,” Graham says in the video. “Public servants must focus on the job they’re elected to do, so I will spend the remainder of my term fully representing you in Congress — but I will not seek re-election while considering this next step of service.”
In the video, Graham says representing North Florida has been an incredible experience, and she highlights several of her major accomplishments, including fighting to reform Congress; rallying the Florida delegation to save the Apalachicola Bay; and returning more than $1 million to constituents — all while cutting her office’s operating budget by 10 percent.
Graham finishes the video explaining why she believes our state needs new leadership with a message familiar to North Florida voters.
“It’s time to remind the legislature, governor and lobbyists that when they come to the state Capitol, they’re in North Florida, and we have a certain way of doing things here.” Rep. Graham says. “We govern in the sunshine, we serve the people, and we care for our neighbors. We call it the North Florida Way, and it’s missing in the state Capitol. Working together, we can bring common sense back to Tallahassee, and make our state work for the people again. “