The Tallahassee Democrat and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder have teamed up to become the first pair of Florida men to compete in the race for the U.S. Senate.
Joe Piscatella, 53, and Mark St. Peter, 61, will compete in their first statewide election.
Piscatello is a former executive for U.K. telecoms giant BT, and St. Peters a former Florida congressman who is a state lawmaker.
Both have worked on the Florida Senate since 2011.
The pair are running against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is seeking a fourth term in the seat that was vacated by Attorney General Pam Bondi after she resigned in July 2016 amid revelations that she worked to undermine the FBI’s investigation into the Hillary Clinton email probe.
Pascatella and St Peter will join former Republican Gov.
Rick Scott, a longtime Democratic Party donor, in a primary battle for the Senate seat.
Scott won reelection in 2016 by 5 percentage points.
He faces a re-election bid in 2018.