U.S. Army combat veteran and double-amputee, Brian Mast, has officially announced that he will be running for the U.S. Congress in Florida’s 18th congressional district, where many military veterans call home.Mast, who stated a couple weeks ago that he was “strongly considering” a run to replace outgoing Rep. Patrick Murphy, was thought by many to be a challenger to Rep. Lois Frankel (D) in Florida’s 22nd congressional district.
“Today, more than ever, Congress needs leaders who have the courage of their convictions and are not afraid to make tough choices. “ – Brian Mast
In an early morning press release, Mast made the case for his candidacy through this video embedded in his congressional website.
“While I recovered from my injuries, I told my wife that the example I set for our children would not end with that blast in Afghanistan—but that I would continue to offer everything I have to make sure the world they inherit is safer and more prosperous than the one we have today.”“Our nation is at a crossroads and our democracy is desperate for both leadership and decisive action on a wide range of issues that drive our economic future and national security,” said Mast. “The American people deserve better than they have gotten from our federal government— once in Congress, I plan to lead the way to increase educational opportunities for our young people and economic prosperity for all Americans.”-Brian Mast
Mast becomes the fourth officially announced congressional candidate in the soon-to-be crowded Republican primary race to replace Rep. Murphy.
With so many military veterans residing in both St. Lucie and Martin Counties, Mast could surprise many in this race, if he is able to garner the military vote.
My guess is that former military and law enforcement voters in this congressional district will probably side with one of their own.
Prior to Mast’s announcement, former Rep. Carl Domino, Martin County School Board Member Rebecca Negron, and St. Lucie County Commissioner Tod Mowery, had all announced their intentions to run for Congress in this congressional district.Others expected to announce their candidacies are former congressional candidate in Maryland Dan Bongino, Washington, D.C. attorney Rick Kozell, legal counsel to Sen. Orrin Hatch, Bill Castle, who also resides in D.C.