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Republican Tod Mowery won’t run for Murphy’s congressional seat

by George Bennett | July 9th, 2013

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Republican St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery told PostOnPolitics this afternoon that he has decided not to run for Congress and will instead seek re-election next year to his commission seat.

Mowery was among the potential candidates who have been interviewed by the National Republican Congressional Committee for Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18, where freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, is a top GOP target.

A big Mowery selling point was his ability to win as a Republican in Democrat-dominated St. Lucie County; on the other hand, political pros questioned his fundraising prowess in what is expected to be one of the nation’s costliest races. Murphy has already banked more than $1 million for his re-election effort.

Mowery said he wants to continue his work in St. Lucie County and wasn’t thrilled about the toll that serving in Washington would take on his wife and kids, who are 14 and 11.

“From a family perspective, I really think this is the best thing,” said Mowery.

Mowery said he doesn’t have immediate plans to back a candidate in the race. Former state Rep. Carl Domino, Juno Beach Vice Mayor Ellen Andel and former Connecticut Senate candidate Alan Schlesinger have announced they will seek the GOP nomination to oppose Murphy. Other potential candidates include state Rep. Gayle Harrell, former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner and former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest.

Another potential Republican candidate who was interviewed by the NRCC, Hobe Sound businessman Gary Uber, has also decided not to run. Uber says he plans to devote his time and money to an international organization that starts and funds health clinics and schools for girls in remote regions of the world.

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