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Omari Hardy becomes latest politician seeking to succeed Alcee Hastings in Congress

State representative from West Palm Beach announces candidacy for Florida's 20th congressional district
Omari Hardy seeking congressional seat previously held by Alcee Hastings
Posted at 4:31 PM, Apr 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-28 16:31:50-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — State Rep. Omari Hardy, D-West Palm Beach, has entered the sweepstakes for Congress.

In a video released Wednesday, Hardy announced his intent to seek the vacated seat previously held by the late Alcee Hastings.

Calling himself an "unapologetic progressive," Hardy becomes the seventh candidate -- and fifth current politician -- to join the race to occupy Florida's 20th congressional district.

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Hardy was elected to the state House in November. Prior to that, he was a Lake Worth Beach commissioner.

Hastings, who died April 6 at the age of 84, won re-election 14 times since first taking office in 1993.