Charlie Crist announces campaign for governor
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.
“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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