Jeremy Ring gets nods from Mayors Buddy Dyer, Jack Seiler in CFO race

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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.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].

One comment

  • Jeff Weinberger

    December 14, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    This is no Ring-ing endorsement if it comes from the likes of Jack Seiler, who’s a de facto right-wing reactionary irrespective of his party affiliation. Seiler opposed gay marriage in a vote on a non-binding Ft. Laudy resolution on that issue several years ago, more recently hosted a prayer breakfast with the virulently anti-gay Jim Daly of Focus on the Family, and oversaw an administration whose multiple abuses of homeless folk included the arrest of 90-year old WW2 vet and civil rights fighter, Arnold Abbott, for the ‘crime’ of feeding homeless/hungry people in public in 2014, the unannounced demolition of a downtown homeless encampment this past May – each engendering ongoing civil rights lawsuits – and no less than seven ordinances criminalizing the lives of homeless folk dating back to 2012. Not to mention a regime of gentrification including a multi-billion dollar streetcar project which will serve only wealthy communities and tourists but not working class and black neighborhoods. Ring that bell, why dontcha?

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