Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:58pm
With just five weeks until Election Day, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's re-election campaign is kicking into high gear.
The former U.S. congressman has a new TV spot that takes aim at Washington.
"Every day, Washington finds new ways to meddle with our dreams," he says. "And every day, as commissioner, I'm making sure they don't."
Putnam also talks about the need for better schools and technology so Florida's students can "compete with the world and win." That's somewhat outside of his duties as agriculture commissioner, though the department runs some school-based education programs.
The incumbent has raised $2.7 million for his campaign, state elections records show.
His Democratic challenger, longtime U.S. Department of Agriculture employee and environmentalist Thad Hamilton, has collected about $20,300.
Putnam's large haul may be a sign that he is looking to the future. He is already considered a strong candidate in the 2018 governor's race.