Tampa’s Fox News affiliate reports:
Another Democrat is tossing their hat in the ring for the District 13 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Civil rights attorney and state lawmaker Michele Rayner announced her candidacy Monday morning in Largo with little fanfare, surrounded by a small group of family and supporters at her family’s church.
Rayner was elected to the Florida House in 2020. If she won this race, she would be one of the first openly LGBTQ women of color to serve in Congress.
She is perhaps best known for legally representing the family of Markeis McGlockton, a Black man who was gunned down while in a parking lot of a convenience store in Clearwater. The case fired up the debate over Florida’s stand-your-ground law.
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Huge: @runforsomething alum @micheleforfl made history when she became the first LGBTQ woman of color elected to the FL state legislature. Now she’s running for Congress!! This is what building a powerful diverse progressive bench yields. https://t.co/kSDfCfrKGD
— Amanda Litman (@amandalitman) June 14, 2021