Crist pushes Lunsford to run for state House

Published April 28, 2007

TALLAHASSEE - Mark Lunsford, who became a highly visible advocate for tougher child protection laws after his 9-year-old daughter Jessica was slain, was encouraged Friday by Gov. Charlie Crist to run for the state House of Representatives.

Lunsford said he would run as a Republican for the seat of state Rep. Charlie Dean, although he has not yet filed the appropriate paperwork. Dean, R-Inverness, is seeking a Senate vacancy created by the appointment of Sen. Nancy Argenziano, R-Dunnellon, to the Public Service Commission.

Several Republicans have announced plans to run for Argenziano's seat in a June 5 primary, including Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, and former House staffer Richard Corcoran.

The district covers 13 counties across North Florida.