Congressional District Five

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Two young Democrats are challenging North Florida Congressman Al Lawson for his District 5 seat, which covers portions of the eastern Panhandle from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.

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The 115th Congress took their oaths Tuesday, becoming the most diverse class of lawmakers yet. The cohort includes North Florida’s brand new delegation: Republicans Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach, Neal Dunn of Panama City, and Democrat Al Lawson of Tallahassee. All are freshmen members of Congress, though Gaetz and Lawson both served in the Florida Legislature. Paul Ryan, the newly re-elected Speaker of the House, swore in the representatives together.

Branch St.
Nick Evans

A congressional border runs right through the middle of Tallahassee’s Levy Park neighborhood, and residents on opposite sides of Branch Street will soon be represented by different people—likely from different parties.

Levy Park, neighborhood of the year.
Nick Evans

When Florida voters head to the polls on Tuesday and again in November, many will be voting in a new congressional district. Nick Evans and Kate Payne look at what redistricting means for one Tallahassee neighborhood.

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Congresswoman Corrine Brown is far out-raising her opponent former State Senator Al Lawson, in the Democratic race for Congressional District 5. But a local party leader says money isn’t everything.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown announces her federal lawsuit to block new district maps.
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A new poll of North Florida’s Fifth Congressional District shows Jacksonville-based Congresswoman Corrine Brown with a five-point lead over her challenger, former state Senator Al Lawson.

Congresswoman Gwen Graham says she'll file a bill to prevent government shutdowns.
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Federal court is considering a redistricting challenge launched by U.S. Representative Corrine Brown. The case’s outcome could impact Representative Gwen Graham’s decision to run for reelection. 

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After months of speculation, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has made a decision on whether he'll run for congress in the newly-redrawn Congressional District Five. Gillum's answer: he'll be staying put.

DNC Member Jon Ausman's proposed map puts Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Corrine Brown in the same district, but keeps Leon County intact.
LHatter / WFSUNews

The crowd of potential candidates for the Florida's 5th Congressional District in the panhandle is getting bigger.  But current representative Corrine Brown says se's staying put and plans to continue her legal opposition to the redesigned District Five.

Former Sen. Al Lawson mulls challenge to Congresswoman Corrine Brown.
Sascha Cordner / WFSU News

Congresswoman Corrine Brown is planning to move out of a redrawn Congressional District Five, and former state Senator Al Lawson is looking to move in.

https://www.talgov.com/mayor/commission-officials-gillum.aspx / talgov.com

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is sending mixed messages about whether he’ll make a run for Congress. According to Gillum’s advisors, the mayor now says he’s weighing his options.

Former Sen. Al Lawson mulls challenge to Congresswoman Corrine Brown.
Sascha Cordner / WFSU News

Former North Florida Senator Al Lawson is considering a third Congressional bid. A proposed map of the Fifth Congressional district—which encompasses Jacksonville and parts of Leon County-- could give Lawson an opening.