A third Democrat in the Florida House has declared his candidacy for the post of minority leader for the 2014-2016 cycle.
Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, entered the fray Thursday, joining Reps. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg and Mia Jones of Jacksonville. All three are in the running to succeed Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, after the 2014 election.
The choice will be made by a secret ballot by the 44 members of the House Democratic Caucus, more than half of whom (24) are freshmen who were just elected to the Legislature and barely know the candidates seeking to lead their caucus.
Williams, 37, has an M.B.A. from Florida A&M University and is a marketing consultant. He was first elected to the House in 2008.
-- Steve Bousquet