Voters deliver for Corrine

U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown speaks to the crowd before Michelle Obama's visit in September to the O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus.

MATT STAMEY/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was re-elected Tuesday to represent District 5, which runs from Jacksonville to Orlando and includes parts of Marion and Alachua counties.

"I am very grateful for the confidence people gave me in voting for me again. I am certainly committed to working hard for them. We've come together on many issues," Brown said from her Jacksonville campaign office.

Brown, 66, is from Jacksonville and has been representing Florida in Congress for two decades, first elected in 1992 to represent Florida's 3rd District.

Brown cited her work on job creation and veterans' issues while serving in Congress — in particular her push for "the largest increase in VA in history," including funding "for that beautiful facility in Gainesville." She also supported an act signed into law last month by President Barack Obama for VA facilities that will authorize the Miami VA Medical Center to finish constructing operating rooms.

Brown also mentioned her commitment to homeless veterans. "When you see one-third of the homeless are veterans, you know we've still got work to do," she said.

Brown has been a big proponent of Obamacare. "When I was down at (the University of Florida), I asked how many students can stay on their parents' insurance because of Obamacare, and every hand went up. That's a very big thing," said Brown, adding that she supports research funding at institutions such as UF.

"We need to invest in our young people. A lot of people who work at UF should understand that part of our investment is the work that they do for research," Brown said. "I love my Gator family, and I want to continue to represent them."

The other contenders for the 5th Congressional District included Republican LeAnne Kolb from Jacksonville, independent candidate Eileen Fleming from Minneola and write-in candidate Bruce Ray Riggs of Hernando County.

Brown received 77.17 percent of the vote in Alachua County. LeAnn Kolb took second, with 19.45 percent of the vote. In Marion County, Kolb received 53.93 percent of the vote, and Brown came in second with 42.33 percent.

Kristine Crane is a Gainesville Sun staff writer.

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