FORT MYERS (CBSMiami) – Former Congressman Connie Mack said Wednesday that he will not seek the seat vacated this week by former Congressman Trey Radel, according to the News-Press of Ft. Myers.

Mack’s last race was against Senator Bill Nelson in 2012 and he lost handily to Florida’s senior senator in the general election. But, District 19 is a solidly Republican district which went overwhelmingly for Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential election.

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Radel resigned on Monday, almost three months after he was arrested on cocaine-possession charges in Washington, DC. He had previously vowed to stay in Congress despite the conviction, before finally relenting to the growing calls for his resignation.

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Mack served four terms as a Congressman, but said family and business considerations played a large role in the decision to not return to politics, the News-Press reported.

The News Service of Florida said former Florida representative Paige Kreegel has announced a run for the seat and State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto is also a probable candidate for the seat.

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