Political newcomer faces political veteran in race for Florida’s Fifth Congressional District

By on November 2nd, 2012

For Florida’s Republican fifth congressional district candidate LeAnne Kolb, who has no political experience, sometimes it’s a matter of quality over quantity in politics. That’s why she believes she should be elected.

Kolb faces Democratic candidate Corrine Brown, who currently holds a Congressional seat for the Third Congressional District — a position she’s held for 20 years.

Because of redistricting, Brown will now run for a seat in the Fifth Congressional District.

Brown has lived in the Jacksonville area for more than 20 years and said the only way to know this position is to do it.

“I don’t think you should go to bed one night and wake up and decide that you’re running for Congress,” she said. “No, you work your way up….A lot of people think that they can just go to Congress, and why are they there? You have people that are not really there to move America forward. It’s moved America back.”

Brown, who served 10 years in the Florida House of Representatives, got her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University. She received a specialty degree from the University of Florida.

Kolb is also from the Jacksonville area, living in Orange Park with her husband and six children.

Kolb could not be reached for an interview, but she did respond via email, saying she feels like her district needs a change.

She said she thinks there are a lot of things wrong with the district: the unemployment rate, the high school dropout rate, poverty and crime. Brown has been there for 20 years and these statistics are getting worse, Kolb said.

Although Kolb has no political experience, she believes being a dedicated Christian, a small business owner, and a mother of six make her a good fit for the job, she said.

If elected, Kolb would work on improving the area’s economy. She is concerned with the direction the country is headed, she said.

“I believe that after twenty years of someone trying and failing, to reelect her (Brown) would be the very definition of insanity,” Kolb wrote in an email. “I believe it is time for someone else to work for the people of Congressional District Five.”

Both Kolb and Brown urge voters to cast their ballots by Nov. 6.

Hana Engroff wrote this story online.

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