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Jack Latvala files to run for Florida governor

Latvala spilled the beans on Friday.

[Tampa Bay Times]

Latvala spilled the beans on Friday.



Well, so much for the drama about what Sen. Jack Latvala will announce on Wednesday.

A month ago, Latvala, R-Clearwater, said he would make a big announcement on Aug. 16, leaving everyone to speculate that he would become a candidate for governor in a field that currently only has one real GOP contender in Adam Putnam, who officially declared in May that he was running.  But Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis are also considering a run. (The Democratic field is getting crowded too, with Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King and maybe soon Philip Levine)

So with Wednesday just around the corner, it was almost anticlimactic when Latvala announced today on Twitter that "5-year-old Rays fan Cooper Bishop" filed his papers. (For the record, Cooper is the son of Avery Bishop, a Latvala aide who lives in Tallahassee.) Sure enough, on the Florida Division of Elections website, it shows that Latvala's papers for the governor's race were indeed filed on Friday.

So that's it folks. Latvala is running. See you all Wednesday.

Here's the schedule: 

9 a.m. -- Hialeah: Outside Fire Station #7, 7590 West 24th Ave.

1 p.m. -- Clearwater: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage

5 p.m. -- Panama City: CST at the Sun Harbor Marina, 5505 Sun Harbor Road

[Last modified: Friday, August 11, 2017 3:25pm]


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