MIAMI (CBS Miami) – Another shake-up in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in District 27.
CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede reports Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins will not be running for Congress. Higgins entered the race less than two weeks ago.
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DeFede has learned Annette Taddeo is making calls telling people she may drop out of the governor’s race to run against current incumbent Maria Elvira Salazar.
In a statement, Higgins said:
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“I am deeply honored to serve my community in elected office with a true focus on getting things done that give residents access to opportunity and improve their lives. This is why I was excited to announce a campaign for Congress because we need to fix the mess in Washington, D.C.
“However, in the last day, I’ve heard that Senator Annette Taddeo will run for Congressional District 27. I have decided it’s best to continue my service on the Miami-Dade County Commission as we have many important issues to tackle. I intend to stand behind a strong leader like Senator Taddeo rather than force an unnecessary primary.”
If Taddeo announces, she will face city of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell in the Democratic Primary.
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In a tweet, posted a short time after Higgins’ statement, Russell said, “It’s going to be [a] tough year for democrats – Even more so if we go after each other. There is too much on the line to not be unified right now.”