Florida Politics: “Jeremy Ring announces Florida Democratic lawmakers’ endorsements for CFO race

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The Florida chief financial officer campaign of Democratic former state Sen. Jeremy Ring announced Friday he has received the endorsements of more than half the Democrats in the Florida Senate, plus 11 Democrats in the Florida House of Representatives.

“From the very beginning I have believed that our campaign is all about people power,” Ring stated in a news release issued by his campaign. “I am proud to have the support of each and every one of these legislators. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to see their dedication and leadership first-hand, which is why I am thankful to have them fighting in our corner in Tallahassee and excited to have them join our campaign!”

Ring seeks to take on Republican incumbent Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis in the November election. The Democratic lawmakers’ endorsements would help discourage other Democrats from getting into a primary challenge with Ring, who opened the first East Coast office of the internet company Yahoo! out of his apartment in 1996, and represented Broward County as a Democrat in the Florida Legislature from 2006 to 2016.

The Democratic state senators announced as endorsing him are Randolph Bracy of Oakland; Oscar Braynon of Miami Gardens; Gary Farmer of Fort Lauderdale; Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville; Bill Montford of Tallahassee; Kevin Rader of Boca Raton; Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg; and Perry Thurston Jr. of Fort Lauderdale.

The Democratic state representatives announced as endorsing him are Joseph Abruzzo of Boynton Beach; Lori Berman of Lantana; Ben Diamond of St. Petersburg; Bobby DuBose of Fort Lauderdale; Katie Edwards-Walpole of Plantation; Joseph Geller of Aventura; Evan Jenne of Dania Beach; Shevrin Jones of West Park; Kionne McGhee of Miami; Sean Shaw of Tampa; and Richard Stark of Weston.

Ring’s campaign called the lineup of lawmaker endorsement “the surest sign yet of building momentum.”