Jeremy Ring

Patronis will run for chief financial officer job in 2018

Buoyed by the support of Florida's governor, Republican Jimmy Patronis is going to seek a full four-year term as the state's chief financial officer.

Patronis officially filed paperwork on Wednesday to run for the Cabinet post in 2018. The 45-year-old Patronis was appointed in June by Gov. Rick Scott.

It's rare for Scott, who jolted the state's GOP establishment in 2010 when he first ran for governor, to take sides in a Republican primary. Patronis, however, was an early ally of Scott's and has been appointed to other posts by the governor.

Scott is helping Patronis raise money even though other Republicans, including Sen. Tom Lee, are expected to also seek the job....

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