Al Lawson Gets Ready to Take On Gary Adler in North Florida Congressional Race

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., had an easier time in his primary this year than he did in 2016 or 2018.

Lawson was elected to Congress in 2016 after beating scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., in the primary. Two years later, Lawson beat back the primary challenge of former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.

After the smoke cleared on Tuesday night, Lawson easily bested his two primary challengers. With all votes in, Lawson took 55.5 percent.

Albert Chester, a pharmacist and businessman, came closest to knocking off Lawson but he only pulled 26.1 percent. LaShonda Holloway, a businesswoman and former congressional aide, lagged behind with 18.4 percent.

With this North Florida district considered secure for Democrats, Lawson is a favorite over businessman Gary Adler who won the Republican primary with 52 percent over Roger Wagoner with 48 percent.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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