Even though Bennett, who was first elected to the Florida Senate in 2002, does not live in the current 11th district, he told Herald-Tribune columnist Jeremy Wallace that he expects that won’t be the case after Castor’s district is redrawn in redistricting.
Bennett, 66, said he would file his papers of candidacy after the current Florida Senate session ends.
Castor was easily elected to a third term in 2010, beating her Republican opponent, Mike Prendergast, 60 percent to 40 percent. She has not been a GOP target since winning the safely Democratic Tampa-area district in 2006. However, Republicans control the redistricting process in Florida and may look to make the seat more competitive.
Bennett’s colleague, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, is also running for federal office. He is hoping to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson (D) but has to win a competitive GOP primary first.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.