Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera will contest the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio, who is running for president.
Lopez-Cantera, 41, who made the announcement of his entry into the race in a YouTube video Wednesday, will face off against Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis in the the primary.
“As a family, we’ve decided I’m running for the U.S. Senate, so that your kids and mine can continue to live in the kind of country that gave my family the blessings of liberty and freedom that only America offers,” Lopez-Cantera says on the two-minute video.
“I still believe in the America that Washington has forgotten,” says Lopez-Cantera, who is of Cuban and Jewish descent and was born in Spain.
Reportedly, Rep. David Jolly is also expected to announce his bid next week.
Meanwhile, Democratic Congressmen Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson are also seeking the seat.