Rep. Al Lawson, Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier, and Governor Ron DeSantis, Rendering by OurTallahassee.com

Kristin Dozier Calls for Resolution Defending Rep. Al Lawson, Leon County’s Seat in Congress.

Dozier's comments come after the legislature passed a map that eliminates Rep. Al Lawson’s representation of Leon County, and is on the Governor’s desk. He’s promised to veto any alternative map which would include Lawson’s current district.

// March 18, 2022,

2:09 pm

Updated:March 18, 2022

On Thursday evening, Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier posted on Facebook her support for US Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05).

“Generations have worked hard and fought for the right to vote, and we know how easily those rights can be lost,” Dozier said on Facebook.

“I stand with Rep Al Lawson Jr. in defending against the Governor’s efforts to diminish Leon County’s voice in Congress and the right to equal representation for the people of Leon County,” Dozier said.

“That’s why I will ask the Leon County Commission to pass a Resolution defending our right as a community to vote and be represented in Congress,” Dozier said. The next time the Leon County Commission meets is on April 13th, where an item could heard that would bring back the resolution later in April for adoption.

“Like many other Floridians, these African-American communities are deeply patriotic and proud of their American citizenship, but they have a unique background that make their dreams and needs distinct from other groups,” Lawson wrote in a recent Op-Ed.

Lawson also said that DeSantis prioritized his political ambitions over people’s right to vote and be represented. 

“Congressional districts should not be about any one person but must put the needs of the people first,” Lawson concluded. “No one is surprised that Ron DeSantis put politics ahead of the people.”

📷 Rep. Al Lawson speaks to the media at a recent rally supporting Leon County’s congressional seat. Photograph by Max Herrle, OurTallahassee.com

Next Steps: On the Governor’s Desk

The proposed map, which does eliminate Rep. Al Lawson’s representation of Leon County, is on the Governor’s desk, and he’s promised to veto any alternative map which would include Lawson’s current district. 

“It’s really hard to say where we are headed with redistricting,” said Sen. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee, told John Kennedy of the USA-TODAY network.

Congressional maps have to be set by June 13th, 2022, when federal candidates have to qualify for the 2022 ballot.

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One Response

  1. So you are saying that Al Lawson can NOT win on his own Accomplishments and that he must have a Predominantly Black District if he is going to Win? We all KNEW that the day was going to come where the Districts will be redrawn and someone will get angry that they will have to prove the Job they have been doing in the Past. Lawson is an extreme Liberal Trump Hater and needs to GO.

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