Charlie Crist will open his first field office in the state in Broward County Tuesday.
The campaign’s South Florida headquarters will be located at 320 South University Drive, Plantation. Crist is expected to attend the 5 p.m. opening.
Crist has also rented an apartment on Fort Lauderdale beach.
Broward has about 563,000 registered Democrats -- the highest number of any county in Florida. But the county has produced sluggish turnout in recent non-presidential statewide elections -- only 41 percent bothered to show up at the polls in 2010 when Democrat Alex Sink lost the governor’s race to Republican Rick Scott. Democratic activists grumbled that Sink didn’t failed to put in enough time in Broward during her campaign. So far in his race for governor, Crist hasn’t had many large group public appearances in Broward either -- he didn’t attend the Broward Democrats’ annual Unity Dinner last month. Broward is also home to Crist’s underdog primary competitor former state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston.
Crist has been in Broward for fundraisers including at the law firm of former state Sen. Steve Geller and the home of Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis.
“Floridians deserve a Governor who will work with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents to strengthen small businesses that create jobs, cut wasteful spending, and restore deep cuts to public schools,” said Crist in a press release. “We are committed to having the boots on the ground to make that happen and that starts in Broward County.”