Amanda Makki embarks on Florida District 13 home race
Amanda Makki, who ran in the 2020 Republican primary against Anna Paulina Luna for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, has announced that she will face Luna again for the same seat in the United States House.
Makki, a former Washington, DC-based lobbyist, announced her candidacy Tuesday at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo.
She is the latest candidate to announce her intentions for the vacant seat vacated by Representative Charlie Crist, candidate for governor. The 13th arrondissement covers the southern half of Pinellas County.
Makki, who emerged at one point in 2020 as the Republican frontrunner, lost to Luna by around 7 percentage points in the Republican primary. Crist, Democrat and incumbent, defeated Luna in the general election. In the primary, Makki won backing from House Republicans while Luna won backing from then-President Donald Trump.
Before traveling to Washington to work as a healthcare lobbyist, Makki previously worked for Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Makki was born in Iran, but her family moved to the United States when Makki was young to avoid religious persecution.
Makki and Luna are currently the only two Republicans in the race. William Braddock dropped out of the race last month after Luna obtained an injunction against him following a phone call in which Braddock appears to be secretly taped saying he has access to a Ukrainian-Russian “successful team” and suggesting that Luna could be “withdrawn”. “
State Representatives Ben Diamond and Michele Rayner appear in the Democratic primary for the District 13 seat, along with National Security Advisor Eric Lynn and Macy’s Inc. Services Representative Christian Hotchkiss.
Frank Craft, a business owner, presents himself as a libertarian.
In Monday’s announcement, State Representative Chris Latvala R-Clearwater warmly endorsed Makki, noting that the seat she is aiming for is a competitive seat that could give Republicans another seat in Congress.
“Amanda Makki is a proven and stable curator,” said Latvala.
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