Democrats Tap Ellison in U.S. House District 17

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BY JACOB OGLES SRQ DAILY FRESHLY SQUEEZED CONTENT EVERY MORNING TUESDAY OCT 2, 2018

Allen Ellison, president and CEO of the Center for Economic and Policy Development, will be the Democratic nominee in U.S. House District 17. Democratic leaders from around the nine-county district selected Ellison Monday evening from a list of applicants who applied after the unexpected death of Democratic nominee April Freeman last month. JoAnne DeVries, Sarasota Democratic Party chairwoman, said the fact Ellison lived in the district for decades and previously filed to run for Congress in past cycles convinced party leaders he was the best choice.

Ellison will face state Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, who won the Republican nomination in August. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6. The winner will succeed U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.

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