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Democrat Heather Beaven Enters 6th Congressional Race

Heather Beaven, CEO of the Florida Endowment Foundation for Floridas Graduates, announced Wednesday she will run for Congress in Floridas new 6th Congressional District.

Beaven, a former Navy cryptologist from Palm Coast, will seek the Democratic nomination in the GOP-leaning district that runs northeast from Orlando. Four Republicans have already filed for the seat.

After leaving the Navy, Beaven graduated from the University of Missouri and the University of North Florida with a master's in public administration. In 1997, she was appointed by Kansas Gov. Bill Graves to oversee the Workforce Investment Act, Veteran Employment and Training Services, and other labor and work force training programs.

The issues we are facing arent Republican or Democratic, they are American issues," said Beaven, who lost to Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, in 2010. Washington is broken, and politicians who put special interests and partisanship before people are a big part of the problem."

Praising Beaven, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said her entry into the race "puts the 6th District squarely in play."

Floridians are tired of the failed leadership and tea party extremism from the Republican Congress, and theyre ready for a fresh voice with common-sense solutions to grow our economy and help businesses create jobs. Were confident shell have the resources she needs to win," Smith said.

Republicans in the race include Craig Miller, Fred Costello, Ron DeSantis and Richard Clark.

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