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Another sign Latvala may run for governor?

State Sen. Jack Latvala


State Sen. Jack Latvala

State Sen. Jack Latvala continues to make moves that suggest he is serious about running for governor in 2018.

A political committee the Clearwater Republican runs is scheduled to meet on Sunday at 5 p.m. on Treasure Island with a group of top political consultants. Latvala told the Times/Herald last week that his interest in running for governor is real and he expects to make a decision later in the summer.

Latvala has raised $8.2 million in that political committee, called the Florida Leadership Committee, since 2013. He has spent $5 million of that, leaving him with more than $3 million in the committee. That puts him well behind fellow Republican Adam Putnam, who has already declared for the governors race. Putnam has raised $11.4 million for the political committee he calls Florida Grown. He has spent about $3.1 million, leaving him with $8.3 million in the committee.

While Latvala is hardly a household name statewide, his long tenure in Tampa Bay politics would be a key part of any decision on whether he runs. The Tampa Bay area represents more than one-quarter of the Republican electorate in a potential primary race. Latvala was in the Florida Senate from 1994 to 2002 and then was elected again in 2010 and has been in office since.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:02pm]


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