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Loranne Ausley Hopes to Return to the Florida House

May 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Former Rep. Loranne Ausley is looking to get back to the Florida House.

The Tallahassee Democrat filed her paperwork this week to run in 2016 for the House seat currently held by the term-limited Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee. Ausley is the first candidate to file for the seat which is solidly Democratic.

First elected to the Florida House back in 2000, Ausley served until term-limited in 2008. In 2010, Ausley was the Democratic nominee against Republican candidate Jeff Atwater in the state CFOs race. Atwater blew out Ausley, 57 percent to 39 percent.

On Friday, Ausley announced the launch of her campaign with a plan for a kickoff on May 19.

For the past few years, I have focused on being a mom and on running a small business, and it has been great, Ausley insisted on Friday. As much as I have enjoyed my break from the public eye, I have to admit it is hard to sit on the sidelines and watch a Florida Legislature at war with itself.

I am ready to continue my work as a champion for Floridas children and a voice for state employees, Ausley added. I am also ready to be a part of fixing a broken system -- it is time that our elected officials work together for the good of the people of Florida.

Ausley comes from a politically prominent family. Her father DuBose Ausley, a prominent attorney, chaired the Florida Board of Regents in the early 1980s and led the Florida Board of Ethics. Her grandfather Charles Ausley was in the Florida Senate while her great-grandfather Alexander McSwain was in the Florida House. Ausleys mother Sallie helped found the Red Hills Horse Trials in Tallahassee.

During her time in the House, Ausley was part of the Democratic leadership, serving as her partys floor co-leader during her third term. Ausley was also chief of staff to then-Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay in the 1990s.

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