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West to Announce Political Future

Former Republican Florida Congressman Allen West now lives in Texas and is planning to announce his plans for the 2020 election cycle next month.

In a post to his website, West said after encouragement from his supporters and friends, he plans to announce his future plans during a YouTube live event on July 3rd. West said he has chosen to announce on this date because the following day is Independence Day, which honors the nation for which he serves.

West did not say what office is intends to seek or how he plans to become politically active, but did mention that he has been asked to either run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican John Cornyn, the chairmanship of the Texas Republican Party currently held by James Dickey, or for the Texas U.S. House District 32 seat held by Democrat Colin Allred.

West served in the U.S. House of Representatives for two years as a member of the Florida delegation before losing his bid for a second term to Democrat Patrick Murphy in 2012, 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent. West’s loss came following a redistricting which moved him into a different district than the one he represented. West has since served on the NRA Board of Directors.

*Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Allred as having served as a U.S. Representative from Florida.

West/Photo by U.S. House of Representatives

West/Photo by U.S. House of Representatives

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