A new face has entered the Florida governor's race, a burly and powerful Republican named Jack Latvala. Latvala is set to begin on his campaign trail this Wednesday morning with several cities on the agenda. He will begin near Miami, then fly to his hometown of Clearwater near Tampa Bay before bringing the day to an end with a final stop in Panama City. The seat which Latvala is seeking belonged to former Republican Governer Rick Scott. Latvala filed the paperwork last Friday but has only just announced his campaign publicly.
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Jack Latvala is one of two major Republican's to enter the race for the vacant seat, the other being Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Putnam has a head start over Latvala as he began his race back in May. He is considered the front-runner ever since then. Latvala has made a reputation for himself as a powerful force to be reckoned with inside the senate chamber where he previously served two stints.
You may remember Jack Latvala for his strong support of a legislation that would give manufacturers a sales tax break on equipment they purchased. He was convinced that the move would bring back manufacturing to north Pinellas County. In a less popular legislation Latvala sponsored, he aimed to speed up the foreclosure process in Florida. The idea behind the later legislation was to clear up the foreclosure backlog and by doing so benefit the local economy. The Florida governor's race is shaping up to be a close one and Jack Latvala may be a contender to keep an eye on.