State Sen. Annette Taddeo is running to unseat DeSantis; “I believe his time is up”

By: - October 18, 2021 2:40 pm

State Sen. Annette Taddeo is running for governor in 2022. Credit: Taddeo video.

State Sen. Annette Taddeo, a South Florida Democrat, has joined a growing list of candidates for the 2022 gubernatorial race, facing off against primary opponents such as U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

Taddeo filed paperwork Monday with the Florida Division of Elections, while criticizing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ COVID policies, including mask mandates in public schools.

“I believe his time is up,” Taddeo said in a digital ad.

Speaking in both English and Spanish in the video, Taddeo outlined support for living wages, affordable health care, safe drinking water and other progressive policy issues.

Taddeo was elected to the state Senate in 2017 and represents parts of Miami-Dade County, according to her state Senate website.

She had been considering a gubernatorial campaign for some time but did not jump in formally until Monday. Her presence in the race would likely impact competitors and shake up the primary race.

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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.