Former Sen. Jeremy Ring will pitch his candidacy for Florida chief financial officer in Tampa and Orlando this week.
Ring, a Democrat from Broward County who served in the state Senate from 2010-2016, is banking on his creds as one of the founders of internet giant Yahoo to boost him into the Cabinet post.
The state’s current CFO, Jeff Atwater, is stepping down to take a spot at Florida Atlantic University.
Ring will speak to “supporters and community leaders” at Tampa’s University Club at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
Wednesday morning, he”ll address the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans in Orlando. Ring, viewed as a moderate during his time in the Legislature, was heavily involved in pension-related issues in the Republican-dominated Senate.
Ring’s the only candidate to file paperwork for the CFO position thus far. The race is clouded by uncertainty because of Atwater’s early departure.
Gov. Rick Scott will appoint a replacement to finish Atwater’s term — and it remains unclear whether that replacement would seek a full term in 2018, potentially putting Ring (or any other CFO wannabe) in a race against an incumbent.