Ex-Clinton Health Secretary running for Congress

Ex-Clinton Health Secretary running for Congress
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Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala is running for Congress, McClatchy reported.

Shalala, who served in the Clinton administration, is running for retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Bottom line Bottom line MORE's (R-Fla.) seat.

The former University of Miami president and ex-head of the Clinton Foundation filed paperwork for the bid on Monday.


An adviser to Shalala told the newspaper she would officially announce her candidacy on Wednesday.

Democrats are eyeing the seat, which includes Miami and Miami-Dade County, as a potential flip in the 2018 elections. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE defeated President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE in the district by nearly 20 points in the 2016 elections.

Shalala, 77, is joining an already crowded Democratic primary for the seat.

Two of the other Democratic candidates have already criticized Shalala ahead of her announcement. And four other Democrats in the race have fundraising totals in the six-figure range, according to McClatchy.