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Rep. Lawson Clinches Democratic Nomination

Al Lawson campaign
Shawn Mulcahy

Congressman Al Lawson won Tuesday’s Democratic primary election for the fifth congressional district, besting former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. Lawson is looking past November’s election with an ambitious agenda for his next session.

Rep. Al Lawson (D) ended the night with a controlling 60 percent of the vote. His opponent, former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown had a strong showing in Duval County, but was ultimately unable to compete with Lawson’s clout in Leon and Gadsden counties.

As he addressed a rowdy crowd at The Moon in Tallahssee, Lawson dedicated the win to his family, friends and supporters.

He cites his record on healthcare, the environment and bipartisanship as keys to what he calls a significant win against his opponent.

“60 percent is very significant, especially when you’re running against the former mayor of Jacksonville," says Lawson. "We were able to dominate everything West of Jacksonville.

"He didn’t really have any issues to run on; he just went on the attack. We could run on issues, but they really had no issues. And he was not very successful as a mayor.”

In a statement, Brown thanked his supporters and congratulated Lawson on a “hard-fought and spirited campaign.”

Lawson didn’t offer thoughts on November’s general election, instead laying out the agenda for his presumptive return to Congress.

“The number one issue we work on when we get back is going to be healthcare and it’s going to be DACA and immigration reform," states Lawson. "Those are issues that have got to be reformed because of all the pressure that the American people have placed on all of us.”

Lawson also stressed the need for gun and student loan reform, as well as a farm bill that would address issues like the SNAP food stamp program.

But before heading back to Capitol Hill, Lawson will face Republican Virginia Fuller in the general election this November. 

Shawn Mulcahy is a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU. He graduated from Florida State University in 2019 with majors in public relations and political science. He was previously an intern at WFSU, and worked as an Account Coordinator at RB Oppenheim Associates.