A 'paradise' amid the rocks and weeds

Joe Negron

9 candidates vying to replace Patrick Murphy in Congress

Florida's 18th Congressional District is one of the state's most competitive, and with two-term Democratic incumbent Patrick Murphy running for U.S. Senate, three Democrats and six Republicans are vying to replace him.

The Democratic race features a self-funded multimillionaire who is new to both the party and the district going up against a longtime local activist in the Aug. 30 primary. On the Republican side, the race is wide open: the wife of the Florida Senate's incoming president; a veteran who lost his legs in Afghanistan; a wealthy investment banker; an attorney; a doctor and businessman; and a political consultant are all hoping to find a niche that wins them a...