Rep. Charlie Crist makes stop in Duval County two days after announcing gubernatorial run

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Just two days after announcing he’s running for governor, Congressman Charlie Crist visited Jacksonville to meet with supporters.

He had three stops in the River City on Thursday, starting with a breakfast hosted by City Councilman Reggie Gaffney.

Action News Jax caught up with him at the North Florida Letter Carriers Branch 53, where he met with local union leaders.

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“I’m running for governor to serve you,” said Crist.

The former governor, Republican, and independent is now a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

But now he wants his old job back.

“Florida should be a Florida for all people of our state, treated equally and fairly,” said Crist.

After meeting with union leaders in Riverside, Crist went over to the westside to have lunch with Black elected officials, faith leaders and business owners at The Potter’s House.

“I know what he stood for before, and I know that hasn’t changed, and I really appreciate all the work that he has done and will continue to do,” said Shemekkia Love.

Crist is hoping to become one of the very few politicians to ever lead a state under both parties.

But it won’t be easy. Other well-known names widely speculated to run for governor are U.S. Rep. Val Demings and the state’s Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried.

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“You’ve lost the last two statewide races that you’ve run for. What makes this time different?” asked Lorena Inclán.

“The people; it’s all about the people. I’ve just been reelected to Congress, got elected to Congress in 2016, reelected and in ’18, reelected in ’20. Things are going well, and I think people want somebody who is sincere,” said Crist.