ORLANDO — Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced his candidacy today to become Florida’s next Republican governor.
“The hallmark of my administration will be access and inclusion,” McCollum said at a news conference where family, friends, and supporters surrounded him. “It will be an administration that does not focus on partisan labels but brings the brightest minds from every walk of life together — every race, creed, religion — to solve problems and move this state forward.”
Addressing the crowd gathered in Orlando for the announcement, McCollum outlined his priorities if elected Florida’s next governor. His plan to improve the quality of life and the standard of living for Florida’s children and grandchildren includes: Fostering a better climate for growing jobs and our economy by luring businesses to the state and growing our own. Creating an elementary, secondary, and higher education system that is second to none. Improving affordable, accessible quality of healthcare – especially for our children, our veterans and our elderly. Renewing the state’s commitment to protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources. Promoting intelligent, responsible growth by tackling the tough issues of property insurance, taxes, and water usage. Making public safety the top priority. Solving Florida’s transportation needs for the 21st century. Establishing Florida as the leader in solar energy, clean energy, and nuclear power.
“Together we can meet all these challenges,” McCollum said. “As your governor I will work hard every day to turn obstacles into opportunities.”
McCollum continued, "Florida faces challenges today unlike any other time in our state’s history. With your help, I will be elected Florida’s next Governor and together our state will grow, prosper, and continue to be one of the most wonderful places on earth to live, work, and raise a family.”
A native Floridian, McCollum has served the nation and the citizens of Florida for more than 30 years. First as an officer in the United States Navy JAG Corps, next as a member of the United States Congress, and most recently as Florida’s Attorney General.
During his time as attorney general, Florida has become a national leader in the fight against child pornography and child internet predators. McCollum also developed a statewide gang reduction strategy which serves as a "blueprint" to prevent the growth of gangs across or state. Consumer protection has been another priority for McCollum who has dedicated much of his time to protecting Florida’s consumers from various types of scams including mortgage fraud and identity theft.
“Over the past three decades, I have focused my career as a public servant on advocating for and protecting the people of Florida.” McCollum said. “As Florida’s next Governor, I will continue to work hard to ensure safety and security to our citizens, along with providing potential and opportunity for our citizens as we tackle the challenging times ahead.”