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Perennial Sarasota candidate Jan Schneider files to run for Rep. Vern Buchanan's Congressional seat

Jan Schneider
Jan Schneider
Perennial Sarasota candidate Jan Schneider files to run for Rep. Vern Buchanan's seat

Jan Schneider, a perennial candidate for Congress, has filed to run for the Congressional seat held by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, a sixth time.

Schneider, a Sarasota attorney, has run for the District 13 seat covering Manatee and Sarasota counties four times -- in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 -- and then a fifth time in 2010 before she withdrew. She lost each time, sometimes in the primary and sometimes in the general election. She has run as both a Democrat and as an independent.

This year, the district has changed under redistricting to District 16 and includes all of Manatee, part of Sarasota and part of Hillsborough. Schneider is running as a Democrat, the second one to file for the race. The first was Brent King, an airline pilot from Lakewood Ranch.

Buchanan is the only Republican to file for the race so far, and has proven a tough opponent to beat in the Republican majority region.

Buchanan, who was first elected to Congress in 2006, has raised $978,875 in contributions for his campaign so far, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Schneider did not answer a request for comment Monday morning. She has a bachelor's degree from Brown University, a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia and a doctorate in political science and law degree from Yale.

Kate Irby, Herald online/political reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7055. You can follow her on Twitter@KateIrby

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