St. Petersburg, Florida -- A special election to fill Bill Young's seat in Congress has still not been set, but potential candidates know they don't have a lot of time and the field on the Democratic side could soon be set.
On Tuesday, former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink continued to sound like someone who is ready to enter the race.
"You know the first question, Preston, is: Can I be an advocate for the people of Pinellas County; can I get up there and fight about the flood insurance issues? Sure, because I have a background as the CFO in insurance issues," Sink said.
Sink decided against another run for governor earlier this year but says the recent government shutdown and other partisan problems plaguing Washington have frustrated her to the point where a run for the District 13 seat is appealing.
"We need people representing us in Washington who are serving in Congress who know how to break logjams like I did when I was CFO of this state. I worked with Republicans and Democrats and I got a lot of things done."
If Sink decides to run, she will face competition from fellow Democrat Jessica Ehrlich.
A candidate in 2012, Ehrlich is already running a campaign and says she's ready to take on anyone else who wants to jump in the race.
"Yeah, my focus is on making sure that we've got new energy and leadership we need in Washington. That really is from Pinellas, of Pinellas, and really understands the needs because the Florida 13th Congressional District is only one county -- it's just Pinellas. So, my focus always has been and will be on making sure we have the strongest representation possible," Ehrlich told 10 News.
Rev. Dr. Manuel Sykes, the president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP, confirmed to 10 News on Tuesday that he too is thinking about jumping in the race. Sykes, a Democrat, says he'll make a final decision within the next couple of weeks.
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