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Race for Meek's seat begins

Just hours after Congressman Kendrick Meek announced his plans to run for the U.S. Senate, the dominoes are starting to fall.

Former state Rep. Phillip Brutus of Miami is holding a press release Friday in North Miami Beach to launch his bid for Meek's seat.

"My six years in a Republican-dominated Legislature have enabled me to sharpen my legislative skills, as Democrats could not get any bills passed without working across the aisle,'' he said in a press release. "After two years of reflection and introspection, I am ready for the challenge and will work hard to represent all citizens of Congressional District 17, with honor, prestige and dignity.''

Other potential contenders for Congress are state Sen. Frederica Wilson, State Rep. Ronald Brise and MIami Gardens Commissioner Andre Williams.

"I've always wanted to go to Congress,'' said Wilson, who succeeded Meek in the House and the Senate. She has to leave Tallahassee in 2012 due to term limits. "I've gotten calls from Washington people who are estatic."