Venice state Rep. Julio Gonzalez will run for Congress

Venice state Rep. Julio Gonzalez will seek the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, setting up a GOP primary fight with another conservative Sarasota County lawmaker.  Gonzalez sent an email Saturday inviting his supporters to a formal campaign kickoff on March 12 at the Venice Community Center.  “It’s been a long time coming, but the day has finally arrived for me to take our fight for conservative principles and American exceptionalism to Washington, D.C.,” Gonzalez wrote in the email. “Bring your family, friends, and neighbors as I kick off OUR congressional campaign!”

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Jason Roe