Nan Rich made it official on Tuesday, guaranteeing a Democratic primary for governor.
The former Florida Senate Democratic leader from Weston qualified for the ballot on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
She’ll face Charlie Crist in the Aug. 26 primary.
Crist was elected governor as a Republican in 2006, ran as an independent/no party affiliation candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010, and is now a Democrat. He qualified to get on the ballot on Monday.
He’s far ahead of Rich in name recognition and fundraising.
But in a statement Tuesday, Rich said she isn’t deterred.
“Today, I reaffirm my commitment to this race and my commitment to Florida’s voters,” said Rich. “When I announced my candidacy for governor a little over 2 years ago, I was answering the call of a growing chorus of Democratic voices rising across Florida. They were the voices of voters and activists who were frustrated with the failure of the last 3 Republican governors to offer real leadership to help solve Florida’s critical problems or to face the challenges ahead.
“We can get our state back on the right track if we reset priorities and focus on making Florida better for its people – all of its people. That means investing in our public schools, colleges, and universities; ensuring heath care is available and affordable to all; creating new jobs and opportunities for all Floridians; defending women’s reproductive health rights; protecting Florida's fragile land and water resources; and protecting those among us who are at greatest risk – our children and frail elderly. As governor, those will be my priorities.”
“For the past eight years, Republican governors Rick Scott and Charlie Crist and the right-wing Republican leadership in the legislature have taken Florida down the wrong path,” Rich added. “It’s time we changed direction. I believe it’s time Florida had a genuine progressive governor again. And, this year, I am the only genuine progressive Democrat running.”