Former State Representative Ricardo Rangel, told the Orlando Political Observer this afternoon that he has filed to run for the House of Representatives in Florida’s 9th Congressional District. The seat is now open after incumbent Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) announced his run for Senate this morning (story HERE).
“I’m running because I want to represent the people. I feel that with my military background and knowledge and working overseas with tactical information, I can accomplish a lot.” Rangel said in a phone conversation with OPO “I can bring a lot of knowledge to the education system, we’re bogging down our teachers and students with too much testing, there has to be a better way to provide accountability and service for them. I also want to provide economic development initiatives to bring higher paying jobs to the community here as well.”
Rangel served in the House of Representatives from for one term from 2012 to 2014. He’ll be running in the left leaning 9th district which consists of parts of Orange and Osceola counties. The region also has a heavy Hispanic population, who’s support during a Presidential election cycle is essential for potential candidates. Rangel joins Valeree Crabtree as the 2nd Democrat to file. Others currently considering a run in the 9th district include former State Senator Darren Soto, and Grayson’s District Director Susannah Randolph. Rumored Republican candidates include Kissimmee City Commissioner Wanda Rentas.
“I’m not a talker. I’m a go-getter and I like to get things done. For me my record has always spoken for itself. The people in the community know that if they vote for me, they’re going to get someone that works for them and not anyone else” said Rangel in closing