Another Hat Goes Into the Ring for Governor

The former chairman of the Florida Democratic Party is now an official candidate for governor next year.

Scott Maddox is a former Tallahassee mayor who spent the past three years trying to rebuild the Democratic Party. Democrats haven't had much luck in Florida over the past decade.

Maddox says the Republicans are beatable because people are fed up with meddling in their private lives.

"I think we have an outstanding opportunity this time. Right now I think that Floridians are looking for someone who is going to make sure that government takes care of their basic needs but doesn't meddle in their homes and their hospital rooms.”

Maddox is 37, the youngest of all the candidates in the governor's race, but he has plenty of experience in the political trenches.

I know some people look at me as young but I've served in local government for 10 years: run a police department a fire department, an airport, an electric utility. I've got the experience necessary and the energy and optimism to get the job done."

When his papers were filed at the State Elections Office Monday, Maddox became the third Democrat in the race, joining State Senator Rod Smith of Gainesville and Congressman Jim Davis of Tampa.

On the Republican side, Attorney Gen. Charlie Crist has already filed his paperwork and Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher is expected to follow suit by the end of the month.

Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings is also considering a run to replace Jeb Bush, who cannot run again because of an eight-year term limit.