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Rich ready to run

Nan Rich, Senate Minority leader during a legislative committee hearing

Florida’s Senate Democratic Leader has confirmed she’s running for Governor in the 2014 election. As Sascha Cordner reports, Nan Rich is the first to challenge Republican Governor Rick Scott.

Democratic Senator Nan Rich of Weston is term-limited out, but she now wants to extend her time in public office by running as the next head of state against Governor Rick Scott. Rich says it’s clear that she and Scott differ greatly on several different issues.

“I believe there’s a strong role for Government in providing core essential services. Our budget this year undermined the provision of those services. We cut higher education over $300 million this year. We cut our hospitals and nursing homes this year. Nan Rich as Governor would not support that!”

Rich says she accidentally announced her plans during an event for Broward County Democrats Tuesday evening.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.