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McCollum, an official candidate, touts 'inclusion'


Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum announced this morning in Orlando that he is running for governor, and sought to shed a partisan image while touting Florida roots and a record on crime.

“The hallmark of my administration will be access and inclusion. It will be an administration that does not focus on partisan labels but brings the brightest minds from every walk of life together – every race, creed, religion - to solve problems and move this state forward," he said in a statement.

In a show of unity, McCollum was surrounded by top GOP officials, including Senate President Jeff Atwater, House Speaker Larry Cretul and party chairman Jim Greer, who indicated he will try to dissuade Agricultural Commissioner Charles Bronson from entering the race. The Republican nominee will likely face Democrat Alex SInk.

McCollum, 64, laid out an agenda that includes luring more businesses to the state, improving education, health care, the environment and transportation and "establishing Florida as the leader in solar energy, clean energy, and nuclear power."

“Together we can meet all these challenges,” McCollum said.  “As your governor I will work hard every day to turn obstacles into opportunities.”  

"Florida faces challenges today unlike any other time in our state’s history.  With your help, I will be elected Florida’s next Governor and together our state will grow, prosper, and continue to be one of the most wonderful places on earth to live, work, and raise a family.”  

“Over the past three decades, I have focused my career as a public servant on advocating for and protecting the people of Florida.” McCollum concluded.  “As Florida’s next Governor, I will continue to work hard to ensure safety and security to our citizens, along with providing potential and opportunity for our citizens as we tackle the challenging times ahead.”

Photo by Associated Press/John Raoux

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:01pm]


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