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Ausley announces she's running for CFO



With the end of the fundraising quarter over, and Senate President Jeff Atwater sitting on a comfortable $1.6 million, former Tallahassee state Rep. Loranne Ausley said Tuesday she's going to run for the Democratic nomination for chief financial officer.

Ausley, 46, said she was running to "carry on and expand the strong record of transparency and accountability started by our current CFO, Alex Sink.”

She noted that she has "spent my life to be a champion for those who don't have a voice.'' Her announcement included the early endorsements of former U.S. Senator Bob Graham,  current U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, current CFO Alex Sink, and Congressmen Kendrick Meek.

Ausley has been out of office since 2008, when term limits forced her out of her state representative district in Tallahassee. She had previously announced she will seek the North Florida state Senate seat vacated by Sen. Al Lawson and has $226,000 from that race she can transfer to the CFO campaign.

Ausley is a lawyer who chairs the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, which provides health insurance for low-income children. She is also a senior adviser to the Lawton Chiles Foundation, which works to support children's health issues in Florida. Atwater and state Rep. Pat Patterson are seeking the Republican nomination.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:14pm]


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