Annette Taddeo, a state senator from Miami, is likely to enter the Democratic primary for governor on Monday, joining a couple of other notable candidates who have gotten an early start on attempts to defeat Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Taddeo was elected to the Senate for the first time in 2017. She had previously served as Crist's running partner three years earlier when he failed to prevent now-Sen. Rick Scott from being re-elected to a second term as governor of Florida.
The filing of her campaign papers in Tallahassee will serve as a capstone to an intense summer and early autumn spent in private talks with other Democrats and fundraising events, according to Taddeo.
Few candidates have declared their candidacies for governor, including U.S. Representative Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg and state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
Both of them have spent the last several months campaigning aggressively.
Taddeo has not garnered much attention during his time as a state senator, but he has proven to be a steadfast champion for education, the environment, and working-class Floridians—a position that is not unlike that of other Florida Democrats.
Since the election, Democratic support in Miami-Dade has been weakened by what many Cuban-Americans perceive to be a lack of significant measures by the Biden administration to support demonstrations that erupted in communist Cuba over the summer.
The Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, is a major target for Democratic candidates in Florida and throughout the country.
In the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations during the summer, his popularity ratings plummeted, and the governor has polarized Floridians with his opposition to school masks and vaccination requirements, both of which have been endorsed by the Biden administration and many health professionals.
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