Tallahassee Lawmaker Adds Name To State Dem House Leadership Race

Dec 7, 2012

Another Florida Democrat is aiming for a state House leadership role in 2014. State Representative Alan Williams is making a bid to be the next Florida House Democratic leader.

Representative Alan Williams of Tallahassee is the latest Democrat to vie for the role, joining the ranks of Representatives Darryl Rouson of Tampa and Mia Jones of Jacksonville. House Democratic Spokesman Mark Hollis says even though all three are aiming for House Minority Leader, all candidates have to formally file to be House Speaker in 2014.

“They filed paperwork to campaign to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives, but, in effect, because we understand it would be a challenge for Democrats to gain control in two years, they’re essentially running for House Democratic leader,” said Hollis.

Current House Democratic Leader, Representative Perry Thurston, is expected to set an election, after new lawmakers get to know the candidates. Meanwhile, Republicans have already chosen Representative Steve Crisafulli of Merritt Island as the next Speaker. But, before any of that comes into play, they have to get through the 2013 Legislative Session.

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