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Donna Shalala running for Congress seat in Miami

Posted: 11:27 AM, Mar 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-06 16:27:55Z

MIAMI (AP) — Donna Shalala, the former Health and Human Services secretary and president of the University of Miami, is running as a Democrat for the congressional seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

According to  Federal Election Commission paperwork  filed Monday, the 77-year-old Shalala is running in a district that includes much of Miami Beach, downtown Miami and coastal Miami-Dade County.

Shalala, who has never run for elected office, has taught a political science class at the University of Miami since stepping down in April as president of the Clinton Foundation. She was president of the university for 14 years.

Fernand Amandi, a pollster and political consultant who has been advising Shalala, told the Miami Herald she plans to speak about her candidacy later this week.