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First elected to Congress in 2016 after decades in the state Legislature, including leading Democrats in the Florida Senate, Lawson represents parts of North Florida with his district stretching from Jacksonville to Gadsden County.
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.
On Thursday, Jacksonville businessman Gary Adler announced he was running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla.,
This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., championed a proposal to ensure that former members of Congress who are “convicted of crimes involving public corruption” do not receive government pensions
“The grant will allow researchers the opportunity to study the early differences of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) from Alzheimer’s disease by using imaging biomarkers. LBD is a disease associated with abnormal deposits of a protein in the brain can lead to problems with thinking, movement, behavior and mood,” Lawson’s office noted.
“On the first day of classes, nearly 41 Duval schools experienced problems with poorly functioning air conditioning units,” Lawson added. “According to news reports, there were more than 119 open A/C work orders. Other problems include roof leaks, mold and degrading pipes. Additionally, many students have been forced to learn in portable classrooms. Safety is another concern altogether; the buildings aren’t secure."
While he represents a fairly secure district for Democrats, Lawson hasn’t had the easiest path to Congress despite having been on the Florida political stage for almost four decades.
“The North Florida Community College project provides the opportunity for middle school students in high poverty rural areas to pursue their interest in STEM,” the congressman’s office noted.
While he lost Duval County to former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, Lawson swept the rest of the district, taking 60 percent of the Democratic primary on Tuesday.
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