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Rep. Narain running for Senate in Tampa, with Sen. Joyner's support


State Rep. Ed Narain announced Thursday he will run in the Democratic primary for a state Senate seat in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

And he's doing it with a key supporter: the woman who currently holds the seat.

On Thursday, Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner, who faces term limits this year, confirmed to the Times/Herald that "I'm supporting Narain." 

Narain, a freshman Democrat from Tampa, is the chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus.

He is running against two other Democrats in the Aug. 30 primary for the 19th District, term-limited Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg and former state Rep. Betty Reed of Tampa.

"We have been able to do some great things the past couple of years to improve our community," Narain said in a statement. "But there are still big issues facing Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. We need a leader with strong progressive principles to take on those tough fights."

The 19th District is heavily Democrat-leaning and one of the few majority-minority Senate districts in the state.

It's likely to be a hotly contested primary campaign, as the district is heavily Democrat-leaning. As of January, Narain has raised $80,335 for the race, Rouson raised $45,150 and Reed raised $18,396.