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Jack Latvala will announce governor campaign plans on Aug. 16

Jack Latvala would be viewed as the moderate in the GOP primary for governor

Tampa Bay Times

Jack Latvala would be viewed as the moderate in the GOP primary for governor

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July

We hear Republican State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, sounded like a probable candidate for Florida governor as some 120 friends and political allies gathered at his place in Boothbay Harbor, Maine to celebrate his second wedding anniversary to wife Connie -- and buzz about his possible run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and possibly Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and U.S. Rep. Ron. DeSantis.

The gathering including 10 fellow Florida senators, including Joe Negron, once Latvala's rival for the senate  presidency; Bill Galvano, Negron's likely successor, and Senate President Pro Tem Anitere Flores, along with assorted Tallahassee fundraisers and politicos. The other Senators: Benacquisto, Simmons, Mayfield, Passidomo, Gainer, Garcia, and Grimsley.

Latvala, 65, told the gathering Saturday night that he will make his governor's race announcement (Supposedly no other office was discussed) on Aug. 16.

[Last modified: Monday, July 17, 2017 2:38pm]

    

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