Nan Rich 1st Florida Democrat to announce she's running for governor

Although not an "official" declaration of her candidacy, Florida Senate minority leader Nan Rich says she will be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014. Rich becomes the first of what could be many Democrats to drop their hat into the proverbial ring.

The 70-year-old Rich has been in the Florida Legislature since 2000, first elected in the House representing her Broward County district before being elected to the state Senate, where she is being term-limited out of office this November.

Other Democrats considering a run for the opportunity to knock out Rick Scott in 2014 include 2010 nominee Alex Sink, state party chair Rod Smith and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Some analysts like to throw former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio's name into the mix, while others say if Charlie Crist were to switch his current non party affiliation to Democrat he would become an immediate front-runner.

Rich told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Wednesday that she’s currently working on a strategic and financial plan for her candidacy, plans a tour of the state to listen to peoples’ concerns, and will make an official announcement before the November presidential election.

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