BARTOW, Fla. (AP)
Joined by friends and family Thursday in his Bartow hometown,
the 34-year-old former state legislator and five-term Republican
congressman formally announced his plans to run for Florida
The current ag commissioner, Charles Bronson, is completing his
second term in the office and cannot run again because of Florida's
term limits law.
Putnam, a fifth-generation Floridian who grew up on a Polk
County ranch, was elected to the Florida House in 1996 at the age
of 22 and then to Congress in 2000.
Former state Rep. Marty Bowen and state Sen. Carey Baker of
Eustis have also said they plan to run for the GOP nomination. No
Democrat has entered the race.