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Gallagher files paperwork for governor's race

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published July 19, 2006


TALLAHASSEE - Three lawmakers filed paperwork for Republican Tom Gallagher to enter him in the governor's race Tuesday, adding the state's chief financial officer to the official list of candidates seeking to succeed Gov. Jeb Bush.

The state House members delivered the qualifying papers and fee to the state Division of Elections as Gallagher campaigned in Tampa.

Two Democrats, state Sen. Rod Smith of Alachua and U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa, also have filed paperwork for the governor's race. Republican Attorney General Charlie Crist is expected to file later this week.

Candidates for governor and other statewide elected posts and legislative seats have until noon Friday to file their paperwork and turn in either signatures or a fee to get their name on the ballot. The primary election is scheduled for Sept. 5, with the general election Nov. 7.

In other races, Democrat Eric Copeland of Miami joined Republican incumbent Charlie Bronson on the ballot for agriculture commissioner.

In the race to replace Gallagher as state chief financial officer, Randy Johnson, a Republican state representative from Celebration, qualified. He will face outgoing Senate President Tom Lee of Valrico and political newcomer Milt Bauguess of Tallahassee in the GOP primary.