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Ron DeSantis is Running for Reelection in 2022
Ron DeSantis formally filed paperwork on Friday with the Florida Department of State to make his re-election campaign official. DeSantis was elected in 2018, and his current term is expected to expire in January 2023. DeSantis plans to make the public announcement after the Legislative Session which runs from Jan. 11 to March 11.
“When I became governor, I pledged to foster economic opportunity, support K-12 education, usher in a new era for Florida’s Everglades and water resources, ensure the integrity of our elections and stand for public safety and the rule of law,” DeSantis told Fox News.
DeSantis now only has one Republican competitor in the GOP primary: John Joseph Mercadante, who ran for governor of Florida in the 2018 primary.
Fox News reports that the following Democrats have declared their candidacy for the Democrat primary: Charlie Joseph Crist, Nikki Fried, David Nelson Freeman, Ivan Graham, Jonathan Karns, Amaro Lionheart, Alexander Lundmark, Timothy Lemont Mosley, Annettee Taddeo, Robert Lee Wills, and Randy Zapata.
Independent David Wayne Gizmo Wexler and Frank Hughs Jr., who has no party affiliation, have also announced their intention to run.
DeSantis Takes Action on Florida’s Election Security
Five days prior to filing for reelection, DeSantis announced action on Florida’s election security.
Fox 29 WFLX reports, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke in West Palm Beach on Wednesday on enhancing election security in the Sunshine State.
The governor presented a new package of “election integrity reforms” at a press conference at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport, which will be debated by Florida lawmakers during next year’s Legislative Session, which runs from January 11 to March 11.
According to the concept, a state-level office dedicated entirely to investigating and prosecuting election offenses in Florida would be established.
“We’ll have sworn law enforcement officers as part of this. We’ll have investigators. We’ll have the statewide prosecutor that’s able to bring the cases,” DeSantis said.