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Navy vet Beaven announces candidacy for congressional seat

Heather Beaven, a Navy veteran and CEO of The Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida’s Graduates, will run for Florida’s 6th Congressional District. Beaven, of Palm Coast, is running as a Democrat.

Under the newly drawn maps, the district includes all of St. Johns and Flagler counties and most of Volusia and Putnam. Other filed candidates for the 6th District include Republicans Don Browning and William Billy Kogut, and Democrats Steve Schonberg and Vipin Verma.

Beaven ran unsuccessfully against Incumbent Rep. John Mica for the 7th Congressional District seat 2010. Mica has decided to run for re-election in the newly drawn District 7 seat, which created an opening in District 6.

What is currently known as the 6th Congressional seat is held by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala. But in the once-a-decade redistricting process, the seat has been redrawn and renumbered. Stearns says he will move to Orange Park and run for re-election in the 3rd District.

One of his opponents, Clay Clerk of Courts James Jett, said last week that the FBI is investigating a plot by Stearns to buy Jett out of this fall’s primary.

Stearns vehemently denied the charges.

State Sen. Steve Oelrich, who also hopes to run for the 3rd Congressional seat as a Republican, has tried to use the allegations to raise money and garner anti-incumbent support.