Charlie Crist announces campaign for governor

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL - NOV. 4:  Former Florida Governor and now Democratic gubernatorial...
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL - NOV. 4: Former Florida Governor and now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist as he concedes defeat in the Vinoy hotel on November 4, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Crist lost to incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 9:13 AM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 12:12 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) has announced he is running for governor in 2022, looking to unseat Republican Ron DeSantis.

Crist made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday morning, about three hours ahead of a news conference set for 11 a.m. in downtown St. Petersburg.

You can watch the press conference on the WCTV Facebook page or below.

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is set to speak in St. Pete, where he's expected to announce a run for governor in 2022.

Posted by on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

“Florida should be a place where hard work is rewarded, justice is equal, and opportunity is right in front of you. That’s a Florida for all — and that’s why I’m running for Governor,” the tweet said, accompanied by a campaign video.

Charlie Crist was elected to Congress in 2017, representing the 13th District, which includes Pinellas County from Clearwater through St. Petersburg.

He was elected to the Florida State Senate as a Republican in 1992. In 2000, Crist served as Florida’s education commissioner. In 2002, he was elected Attorney General, before being elected governor in 2006.

After initially leading in the 2010 Senate race for the Republican nomination, Crist was overtaken in the polls by Marco Rubio when the state GOP committee decided not to fund his reelection bid, and in April 2010 Crist left the Republican Party to run as an independent. In the general election, he lost to Rubio in a three-way race.

In 2012, Crist joined the Democratic Party and ran for governor in 2014, losing to Rick Scott by a slim 1% margin. In 2016, Crist was elected to Congress from his home district and became the first Democrat to represent the 13th district since 1955.

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