8 candidates for Congress in redistricted Jacksonville area

A mix of political veterans and newcomers are running for two Northeast Florida congressional seats in the first election since redistricting changed boundaries in a shake-up that could have national ramifications for control of Congress.

The 4th Congressional District now covers all of Nassau and Clay counties along with a large portion of Duval County to the west and north of the St. Johns River. That seat is wide open with no incumbent on the ballot.

In the 5th Congressional District, US Rep. John Rutherford, R-Jacksonville, faces two challengers in this month’s GOP primary for another two-year term in the district that covers Duval County east and south of the St. Johns River and most of St. Johns County. No Democrat has filed for that seat.

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