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Nikki Fried enters race for governor of Florida

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Jun 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-01 15:34:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Nikki Fried, Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is running for governor.

Fried officially announced her candidacy on Twitter Tuesday, just hours after the election paperwork was filed with the state.

Fried has been a critic of Governor Ron DeSantis. Earlier on Tuesday, she blasted the governor for signing a bill that bans trans-female athletes in public high school or college from playing in women’s sports.

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Fried called the bill "heartless" and said DeSantis was "especially cruel" for signing the bill on the first day of Pride Month.

U.S. Congressman Charlie Crist recently announced his own candidacy for governor. Crist previously served as Florida's governor from 2007 to 2011 as a Republican. Crist then switched his affiliation to Independent then to Democrat.

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