Tampa Bay Mayor Bob Buckhorn Not Running for Governor of Florida

“The state of Florida needs a course correction and a new direction,” he said in a statement emailed to supporters and posted on social media at 5 a.m. Thursday. But “the timing for me and my family would be a challenge.”

Also, he said he loves the job he has, and has work to complete in the 24 months that remain before he is term-limited out of the mayor’s office.

“Finishing Tampa’s next chapter is more important than starting mine,” he said. “Absent extenuating circumstances, I intend to finish the job I was hired to do and prepare Tampa for the great things that are about to occur.”

Source: Tampa Bay Times

The list of possible contenders was growing a bit long for Democrats in Florida’s upcoming open Gubernatorial contest: former U.S. Representative Gwenn Graham, lawyer John Morgan, and businessmen Jeff Greene. With Buckhorn out, the field that had been growing for over a year narrows a tad. Tallahasee Mayor Andrew Gillum and businessman Chris King are officially in, hoping to win back the mansion Republicans have occupied for twenty years. Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott is term-limited and is looking to challenge Senator Bill Nelson in the 2018 contest, trailing him by six in the first poll out on that race.