Democratic candidate Jeremy Ring has received the endorsements of two big city mayors, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, in the contest for the Florida chief financial officer post, Ring’s campaign announced Thursday.
“With Jeremy, Floridians have a real opportunity to transform the way our State does business,” Dyer said in a news release. “His unique business background and his innovative approach combined with a real record of delivering higher paying jobs are exactly what Tallahassee needs right now.”
Both Dyer and Seiler are, like Ring, Democrats. Ring faces Republican incumbent Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis heading toward the 2018 election. Patronis has over $1.15 million cash on hand. Ring has $113,000 cash on hand.
Ring is a former state senator from Broward County who was an early investor and executive in Yahoo!.
“For too long, Tallahassee has talked about how they don’t like other people telling them how to run their state, but have been all too keen on telling our cities how to run theirs,” Ring stated in the release. “Over the years I’ve gotten to know Mayors Dyer and Seiler well and to say that I respect them would be a drastic understatement. Their leadership and ability to navigate their cities through both the good times and bad is something that Tallahassee can and should learn from. I’m humbled to have their support and excited to have them join our campaign.”