District 5, which Brown has represented since 1992, ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County until the Florida Supreme Court voted 5-2 on December 2 to approve a new set of Congressional district maps in compliance with the Fair Districts Amendment. The new maps included a redrawn District 5 that runs from Duval to Gadsden Counties. The new District 5 remains a minority-access seat with about 45 percent black voters.
The column by Maxwell stated that “if Fair Districts prevail, Brown adviser Lavern Kelly said Brown plans on moving to Orlando and running ‘where she already has broad support.’”
FAMU alumnus and former state Sen. Alfred “Al” Lawson, who won the Democratic nomination for District 2 in 2012 but lost in the general election, has expressed interest in running for the new District 5 seat. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, another FAMU alumnus, is also weighing a run in the District 5 primary and told the Tallahassee Democrat that he’ll “have a clear answer about the future following the holidays.”