Charlie Crist kicks off run for governor

Former state Sen. Nan Rich also seeking Democratic nomination

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is kicking off his campaign to run for his old job as a Democrat.

Crist held a rally Monday morning near his St. Petersburg home to begin his campaign for governor. He filed paperwork Friday to get in the race.


The event is in the same park where he announced in 2010 that he would run for Senate as an independent. He lost that race to Marco Rubio and is now trying to make a political comeback as a Democrat.

Crist has been building up to the campaign, last year campaigning for Democratic President Barack Obama and this year speaking to Democratic party groups.

During his speech on Monday, Crist proposed a lot of economic projects that included the Central Florida region.

"We are going to laser focus on growing the Space Coast, which is home of some of the smartest engineers and scientists in the world," Crist said.  "In the post-shuttle era, we must work to turn Port Canaveral into one of the world's leading transportation hubs."

The latest polls show Crist having a 12-percentage point lead over incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott was out of town on Monday, traveling overseas on a trade mission to Japan.

Former state Sen. Nan Rich is also seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

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