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Latvala to announce 2018 plans on Aug. 16

via @adamsmithtimes

We hear Republican State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater,sounded like a probable candidate for Florida governor as some 120 friends and political allies gathered at his place in Boothbay Harbor, Maine to celebrate his second wedding anniversary to wife Connie -- and buzz about his possible run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and possibly Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and U.S. Rep. Ron. DeSantis.

The gathering including 10 fellow Florida senators, including Joe Negron, once Latvala's rival for the senate  presidency; Bill Galvano, Negron's likely successor, and Senate President Pro Tem Anitere Flores, along with assorted Tallahassee fundraisers and politicos. The other Senators: Lizbeth Benacquisto, David Simmons, Debbie Mayfield, Kathleen Passidomo, George Gainer, René García, and Denise Grimsley.

Latvala, 65, told the gathering Saturday night that he will make his governor's race announcement (Supposedly no other office was discussed) on Aug. 16.

--ADAM C. SMITH, Tampa Bay Times

Photo credit: Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times