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The political game of musical chairs prompted by Congressman Jeff Miller’s recent announcement that he would not seek re-election continued this afternoon as Florida State Rep. Mike Hill told NewsRadio1620 that he would run for the state senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Greg Evers.

“I’ve decided, that, with all the movement, the dominoes falling, that are going on right now with Jeff Miller announcing his retirement, that it is a good, opportune time for me to run for state senate,” said Hill.

Hill, a Pensacola Republican, currently represents House District 2, which includes Pensacola, southwest Escambia County, Gulf Breeze, and Pensacola Beach.

Hill told NewsRadio 1620’s Rob Williams that he believes Evers, a Republican from Baker, Fla., would run for the congressional seat which Miller, an eight-term congressman, recently announced he would leave at the end of the year. Evers’ senate district was recently redrawn as the result of a multi-year court battle over the state’s senate district map, placing Evers’ residence in the same district as that of Matt Gaetz, a fellow State Rep. who has filed to run for Senate.

“To win a race like this is going to take a lot of hard work, a lot of door-knocking, meeting a lot of people,” said Hill. “I’m excited about that because that’s what I enjoy most about campaigns — meeting people and finding out what’s important to them and how I can be of service.”

State Rep. Doug Broxson (R-Gulf Breeze) has previously said he plans to run for state senate. While Broxson dismissed Hill’s comments about Evers as premature, saying that Evers has not yet made an announcement about his future plans, Broxson reaffirmed his own plans to run for Evers’ senate seat when the time comes.

“I stated several months ago that if that opened up, I would certainly be involved in it, and that’s our intention,” said Broxson. “Mike’s a fine man, and I think people like a good competition. He’ll throw out his credentials, and I’ll throw out mine, and we’ll see what happens.”

In an interview later in the afternoon, State Rep. Clay Ingram (R-Pensacola) also said he is interested in running for Evers’ senate seat, should Evers vacate it.

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