Lee Commissioner Tammy Hall exploring run for Congress

Tammy Hall

Tammy Hall

Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall wants to set the record straight — she is not running against Congressman Connie Mack (R-Fort Myers) for Florida’s District 14 seat.

Instead Hall, a fellow Republican, said she is testing out the waters for a future congressional run.

“What I’m doing is opening up an exploratory committee for the new seat, not to run against Connie Mack,” she said.

The 2010 Census showed the Sunshine State’s overall population gained the state two additional U.S. House seats, taking Florida’s House seat count from 25 to 27.

Florida’s population increased by 2.8 million, or 17.6 percent, to 18.8 million between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.

In addition, each member of the U.S. House represents, on average, about 710,767 people.

The Florida Legislature is slated to convene on Jan. 10, 2012, to enact new state Senate, state House and congressional districts based on the 2010 Census.

As to where the two new congressional districts will be formed, that will be determined by the Florida Legislature.

However, with the 2010 census concluding that Congressional District 14 -- which covers parts of Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties -- was the second most populous district in the state with 858,956 residents, Hall said Southwest Florida may have a new congressional seat in its future.

“With the new amendments and having to look at population and boundaries, you can assume that Lee County and Southwest Florida will be in the mix for a new seat,” she said.

Though the committee, Hall said she hopes to be able to gauge support for a possible run.

“We’ll see what happens,” she said.

Florida’s Fifth Congressional District, which is comprised of all of Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties, most of Lake, Levy and Pasco counties, and portions of Marion and Polk counties- was the determined to be most populous district in the state with 929,533.

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