Democratic governor candidate Nan Rich speaks at the official opening of her campaign office in Weston. The woman in the dark red shirt is her daughter, Broward School Board member Laurie Rich Levinson.

Nan Rich says she’s in the race to the end.

The end, to Rich and more than 100 supporters who gathered Friday evening for the official opening of her campaign office in Weston, is winning the governor’s race in November.

“I am running for governor. And I will be in this race, in case anybody had any doubts, I will be in this race until the end. And the end to me is to be elected governor of the state of Florida,” she said.

Rich took shots at Charlie Crist, who was elected governor as a Republican in 2006 and is now competing with her for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

“I’m running on my record. I think it’s very important for people to run on their records. Not a record that I’ve had to reinvent or apologize for. I’m running on my record of fighting for middle class families, of fighting for strong public education, of fighting for seniors, of fighting for children, and health care for all Floridians. Those are just some. I’m also running on a set of principles that I’ve held throughout my adult life, the Democratic principles of putting people first….

“I haven’t changed my principles in any of my elections, and I’ve won them all. That’s the way I’m going to work to win this election. I think Florida is ready for a true, progressive governor….

“One thing is for sure: everybody wants Rick Scott to be a one-term governor. And then the only question is who is the person that’s going to replace Rick Scott?”

The rest of Rich’s comments are in the above video.

Crist is ahead in polls, ahead in fundraising, and – to pundits, Republicans, and many Democratic Party leaders – is the presumed Democratic nominee.

The differences in the two Democrats’ campaigns showed Friday evening.

When Crist, who’s from St. Petersburg, opened his South Florida headquarters on April 19, more than 300 people showed up, creating chaos, but producing good TV images. (Rich and her supporters scoffed at the Crist event, repeatedly suggesting that his campaign juiced the turnout by importing paid staffers.)

Rich, in her Weston base, attracted about 100 on Friday night. She’s a former state senator and former state representative from a Weston-based district. Rich also rose to Democratic Party leader before term limits forced her to leave the Senate.

The crowd size wasn’t the only difference.

A huge news media contingent, with multiple reporters and TV cameras, reported on Crist. Rich attracted one reporter and a conservative website publisher.

Crist attracted 10 elected county officials and state legislators, plus elected city leaders and a contingent of former elected officials. He also got three of the four leaders of the Broward Democratic Party: Chairman Mitch Ceasar, vice chairwoman Cynthia Busch and state committeeman Ken Evans. (Though the party chieftains said they weren’t endorsing Crist, none showed up for Rich.)

Rich got six elected officials: state Reps. Katie Edwards and Rick Stark, Pembroke Pines Commissioner Angelo Castillo, Weston Commissioner Toby Feuer, and County Commissioner Marty Kiar. (Kiar’s father Monroe was in the front row of the Crist campaign office event last month.)

Broward School Board member Laurie Rich Levinson stood behind her mother during her speech. (She’s in the dark red shirt in the video.)

Also attending was Broward’s state Democratic committeewoman Maggie Davidson, one of Rich’s strongest supporters – and the one local party leader who didn’t attend the Crist event.

Another sidelight: Broward Sheriff Scott Israel showed up for the Crist event, but not for Rich’s. (Like the Democratic Party leaders at the Crist event, he professed neutrality.)  Three of Israel’s employees – Castillo, Patti Lynn, and Ann Zucker, president of the Weston Democratic Club – were at Rich’s.