She’s in: Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried running for governor

Fried refers to Gov. Ron DeSantis as ‘authoritarian dictator’

FILE- In this Nov. 2, 2019, Nikki Fried, Democratic candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, speaks during a campaign rally, in Miami. Fried, the only Democrat currently holding statewide office, has teased a June 1 date to publicly announce whether she will run for Florida governor. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Lynne Sladky, Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is officially running for governor.

According to the Florida Division of Elections’ candidate tracking system, Fried made her bid official, filing with the state on Tuesday.

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Fried tweeted Tuesday afternoon, saying, “It’s time to break the rigged, corrupt system in Florida with #SomethingNew. That’s why I’m running for Governor.”

Fried alluded to the run when she tweeted May 12, saying an announcement was coming June 1.

In that video, Fried referred to Gov. Ron DeSantis as an “authoritarian dictator” and said it’s “becoming clearer and clearer that Ron DeSantis needs to be a one-term governor.”

Fried joins U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and six other Democrats running against DeSantis, although many speculate the Florida governor may have his eyes on a run for the White House.

As of Tuesday, state records show Republican Mercadante, John Joseph and two no-party affiliate candidates also vying for the top seat in Florida.

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