Former Obama administration official Eric Lynn is adding three endorsements from Pinellas County elected officials in his run for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
Endorsers include St. Pete Beach Commissioner Christopher Graus, Redington Shores Commissioner Jennie Blackburn and Gulfport Commissioner Paul Ray.
“Eric Lynn’s deep ties to Pinellas County and his proven ability to get things done in Washington make him the clear choice for this race,” Graus said. “Through his work in Congress, as a Senior Advisor to President Obama, and to three Secretaries of Defense, Eric has demonstrated the leadership necessary to best represent our shared Pinellas values in Washington.”
“Eric Lynn is a leader, who is able to reach across the aisle and get things done while always fighting for our shared principles here in Pinellas,” Blackburn said in a statement. “Eric has proven that he is that candidate, and I am proud to endorse his candidacy.”
Lynn also has earned endorsements from former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Gulfport Deputy Mayor April Thanos, and U.S. Reps. Eric Swalwell, Jimmy Panetta, and former Congress member Mel Levine.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of Chris Graus, Jennie Blackburn, and Paul Ray,” Lynn said in a statement. “In their respective roles, they have fought and delivered for their Pinellas communities, and I look forward to fighting for our shared Pinellas values in Washington. Our democracy, our institutions and more are on the ballot in 2022. We need commonsense leadership with a proven ability to deliver results in Washington. I am proud to be that candidate and grateful for their trust in my vision.”
Democrats have held the CD 13 seat since 2016 when U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist defeated incumbent Republican Rep. David Jolly. Crist this year is running for Governor instead of for re-election.
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