In Bay News 9’s Exclusive Decision 2018 Congressional poll, 31 percent of voters said they’d vote for Carlson. Candidates Andrew Learned and Ray Pena each had 12 percent.
Kristen Carlson of Lakeland entered the Democratic Primary for Florida’s 15th Congressional District just over two weeks ago and has reported campaign donations of more than $100,000 already.
Her staff said most of it came in during the first 13 days.
Carlson, a former General Counsel for the Florida Department of Citrus, current counsel for the Florida Juice Producers Association and lawyer in the Tampa firm of MacFarlane Ferguson & McMullen, didn’t enter the race until May 2, Two days before the deadline to qualify for federal office.
Attorney Kristen Carlson of Lakeland opened her campaign May 2 this year, two days before qualifying deadline for federal office adding that she had been encouraged to run by local Democrats and Emily’s List.
Andrew Learned, who appeared to be carrying the Democratic mantle in the Congressional District 15 race, got a surprise competitor as qualifying ended – MacFarlane Ferguson & McMullen lawyer Kristen Carlson of Lakeland.
Her filing means both parties have primaries with competition between the Polk and Hillsborough sides of the district, which has long been a Lakeland seat but where Hillsborough dominates since the last redistricting.
Lakeland attorney Kristen Carlson has entered the Democratic primary for Florida’s 15th Congressional District.
Carlson, 64, is a former General Counsel for the Florida Department of Citrus and still counsel of record for the Florida Citrus Processors Association and District 1 of the Florida Department of Transportation.