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Orlando Democrat Chris King files to run for Florida governor

Orlando Democrat Chris King, CEO of a firm that creates affordable housing, filed papers Thursday with the Florida Secretary of State to run for Governor in 2018. 

From his press release:

“I believe Florida can do so many things better if we have the courage to do things differently,” King said. "We’re going to run a campaign driven by a spirit of innovation and can-do optimism. We’re going to give voice to millions of Floridians who are struggling to make it and haven’t given up the hope that we can do better.  We are going to answer the call of every Floridian who wants a governor with the strength, vision and integrity to tackle important problems and provide innovative solutions.  And we are going to invite every Floridian who wants to rise up and be part of something big, bold, and better, to join this campaign.  I look forward to an exciting kick-off in April and an inspirational campaign to reclaim Florida’s bright future."

King is the founder and CEO of Elevation Financial Group, which creates affordable housing in Florida and across the Southeast.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, announced earlier this week. 

Republican Gov. Rick Scott is term limited -- there is a long list of Democrats and Republicans considering running for the seat.