Kendick Meek is first in

Florida Congressman Kendick Meek announced today he will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Mel Martinez. He is the first high-profile candidate to announce.

His official release from his website:

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

U.S. Congressman Kendrick B. Meek
Formally Announces Run for Florida’s Open U.S. Senate Seat

Miami Gardens, FL – Congressman Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL) announced this morning that he is running for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2010.

Joined by his family outside his home in North Miami-Dade County, Congressman Meek laid out his vision for the future of Florida by emphasizing his commitment to alleviating current problems such as the increase of foreclosures throughout Florida, rising unemployment rates, the loss of senior citizens’ retirement funds, ending the war in Iraq, and resolving healthcare inequalities.

“Public service and a commitment to make a better life for the people of Florida has been my mission. I’ve given Florida a strong voice on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and was appointed by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to the House Leadership,” said Congressman Kendrick Meek. “But never in my lifetime have the people of Florida been faced with so many big problems. Our state needs bold leadership at every level, and that is why I’ve made the decision to run as a candidate for the United States Senate. This race is not about me — it is about Floridians. I am running for Florida, and I am asking Floridians to run with us in this race.”

“Thanks to the leadership of President-Elect Obama, change has come to Washington. But it won’t be easy. There will be opposition from many powerful forces who have stopped us before. We cannot let obstructionists stand in the way of helping the people of Florida,” Congressman Meek added. “I want to be a fighter for Florida with a strong voice that won’t let the special interests stand in the way of what’s right. Too many in our country are hurting. Too much is at stake. We have no time to waste.”

Congressman Meek was first elected to public office at the age of 27. He is currently serving in his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Meek is the lone Democratic Floridian sitting on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and also serves on the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Congressman Meek is the Co-Chair of Speaker Pelosi’s “30-Something” Working Group, which articulates Democratic positions to the public on critical issues before the U.S. Congress.

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