Former Health and Human Services Secretary and ex-University of Miami president Donna Shalala announced yesterday that she will enter the Democratic primary for the open South Florida congressional seat from which Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Miami) is retiring. Should she be elected, Ms. Shalala, at 77 years of age, will become the second oldest freshman House member in history. The oldest, at age 78, was Illinois Democrat James Bowler who won a special election in 1953.
Ms. Shalala becomes the ninth Democrat to enter the open seat race. Republicans feature ten in their field of candidates. The Florida primary is not until August 28th, so both sides have months of campaigning ahead of them.
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