State Rep. Clay Ingram on Tuesday endorsed Rebekah Bydlak as his choice to succeed him as District 1’s representative in the Florida Legislature. Both Ingram and Bydlak are Republicans.

“Rebekah Bydlak is the conservative champion we need for Northwest Florida,” Rep. Ingram said in a statement. “Rebekah’s life and career have been in service to conservative values, defending the Constitution and our way of life. I’m confident Rebekah will be the strong voice we need in Tallahassee. I’m proud to stand with Rebekah and fully support her to be our next Representative in the Florida House.”

Ingram, who has served since 2010, is term-limited and unable to run for reelection. District 1 includes most of unincorporated Escambia County, including virtually all of the county north of Interstate 10, as well as communities like Ensley, Beulah, and Bellview.

“Rep. Ingram has served our community with integrity and a commitment to promoting our shared conservative values,” Bydlak said. “I’m honored and humbled to receive Rep. Ingram’s endorsement and look forward to working with him during the campaign ahead and in the future to serve the people of District 1.”

Bydlak faces former State Rep. Mike Hill in the August 28 Republican primary. Hill previously represented District 2 from 2013 to 2016 before unsuccessfully challenging Doug Broxson for a seat in the Florida Senate. Bydlak holds a 3-to-1 fundraising advantage over Hill, having raised more than $119,000 to Hill’s $37,000.

The winner of the primary will go on to face one of two Democratic candidates for the seat in November.

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