Lakeland Democrat Kristen Carlson Joins Congressional Race

Lakeland resident Kristen Carlson, a lawyer with MacFarlane Ferguson & McMullen, entered the Democratic primary for the U.S. House District 15 seat being vacated by Republican Dennis Ross. She is a s a former state prosecutor and attorney for the state Department of Citrus and Department of Transportation. She faces Andrew Learned of Valrico and Ray Peña of Lakeland in the Aug. 28 primary.