Representative John Mica will run in his current, but remapped, Congressional District 7 in central Florida. The nine-term Republican Congressman and current chair of the House Transportation Committee was dealt a re-election hurdle with Florida's redistricting plan that pitted several formidable Republican candidates against each other. Mica waited until after two others declared in which districts they would run before committing to his own.
"After consultation with my wife Pat, my family and my supporters, I have decided to continue my public service in what constitutes District 7 in the final map approved by the Florida Legislature, which includes Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties," Mica said in a statement Friday.
This sets up a potentially tough primary for the top transportation legislator as he will face Sandy Adams of Orlando. She's a first term incumbent who also resides in the newly formed 7th district and which now includes about 50 percent of her current constituency according to Sunshine State News.
Mica is well funded however, and says he wants to finish work he has underway. "Weighing heavily in this decision were two major factors, first my commitment to significant transportation projects like SunRail for our community and infrastructure for our nation" as well as projects for seniors and veterans.
Mica won reelection in 2010 with 69 percent of the vote.