Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announces run for governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Another Democrat is putting their name in the race to be Florida’s next governor.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried filed to run for governor in the 2022 election on Tuesday.

READ: Charlie Crist announces run for Florida governor

She posted a video announcing the news on Twitter.

“I’m unafraid, I’m tested, and I’m ready — and I’m asking you to break the system by electing me the next Governor of Florida,” Fried said in a statement.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist announced last month that he also plans to run for the governor’s office to try to unseat Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

READ: Val Demings plans to challenge Marco Rubio in Florida Senate race

Crist served as a Republican governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, but did not seek reelection in 2010, when he instead made an unsuccessful run for the Senate.

This will be Crist’s second run as a Democrat since losing to now-Sen. Rick Scott in 2014.

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Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.