Putnam Officially Launches 2018 Gubernatorial Bid

May 10, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam.
Credit Florida House photographer

Florida’s agriculture commissioner officially announced Wednesday what nearly everyone in state politics has known for years: Adam Putnam is running for governor in 2018.

Adam Putnam will seek the Republican nomination for governor.  The 42 year old launched the campaign officially in his hometown of Bartow, Florida the county seat of Polk County.  Putnam was sworn in as agriculture commissioner in 2011 and before that spent 10 years in congress and another four in the state house. 

The Republican Party of Florida welcomed his bid as the first “major” candidate for governor.  There are currently 15 other candidates including the Democrats Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Orlando developer Chris King.