In an effort to expand the playing field, national Democrats have recruited a candidate to challenge Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Florida’s 27th District, who didn’t have a Democratic challenger in 2014.
Fuhrman wasn’t always affiliated with a party, which could be advantageous in a district currently represented by a popular, moderate Republican. He intends to kick $250,000 of his own money into the campaign.
But Fuhrman has had several run-ins with the law, which he’s open about in his announcement video.
“I want you to vote for me, but I want you to know who I am and who I was,” he says in the video. “When I was younger I made some bad decisions. I drove too fast, I raced cars, and I broke the law. I put myself and other people at risk.”
Fuhrman says that transparency makes him different from many politicians.
Florida’s 27th District is home to a large Hispanic community. President Barack Obama carried it by 7 points in 2012.
But Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Cuba and has said she will not back Donald Trump as her party’s nominee, is well-liked in the district. She’s been in Congress since 1989 and was the first Hispanic woman and first Cuban-American elected to Congress.
The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the seat Safe Republican .