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Crist, Gov. Scott Qualify For Gubernatorial Race; Nan Rich To Soon Follow

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Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist has now formally qualified to run for Florida Governor again in hopes of unseating current Governor Rick Scott. Qualifying for Florida's 2014 elections officially began Monday at noon.

At around 1:30 p.m. Monday, a Leon County teacher submitted Crist’s qualifying paperwork at the Florida Division of Elections. Crist says it’s because she believes there needs to be a change in leadership.

“He [Scott] is funding education less per pupil now with a surplus of over $2 billion than I funded it when we were in the great recession—about $200 less per pupil than I did during the recession. It’s unbelievable," said Crist, following a campaign event Monday. “You’ve got to care about education, and you’ve got to care about teachers, and you’ve got to do what’s right. And, he’s not doing what’s right. And, that’s why I’m running. That’s why this nice teacher is filing papers for me to run for Governor today because we need to fix Florida."

Governor Scott also officially qualified for re-election Monday. Nan Rich, a former Democratic state Senator who’s also hoping to challenge incumbent Governor Scott, plans to qualify Tuesday morning.  The qualifying deadline is Friday at noon.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

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.