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Crist announces gubernatorial bid in St. Pete

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Former Governor Charlie Crist held a rally at Albert Whitted Park on Bayshore Drive in St. Petersburg Monday morning making official plans to seek the office he once held.

Late last week the former Republican governor filed the necessary paperwork to seek the office he held from 2007 until 2011. This time around he will be running as a Democrat.

The state Division of Elections posted the filing on its website Friday.

Crist, 57, has been building up to an announcement for months, talking to Democratic groups and campaigning with Democratic candidates. That includes President Barack Obama last year.

Related story: Crist to make 'major announcement' Monday

He has already set up a website, and his speeches recently have criticized Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott's political committee has already bought anti-Crist ads to begin airing the day of the announcement and the race is expected to be one of the most expensive, brutal governor's races in the county next year.

Crist served as the 44th Governor of the Sunshine State for just one term. He began his political career serving in the Florida Senate from 1993 until 1999. He was Florida’s Education Commissioner from 2001 to 2003 and was the state’s Attorney General from 2003 until he was elected Governor.

He declined to seek a second term as Governor when in 2009 he announced he would run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Mel Martinez. For the past two years Crist has worked for the personal injury law firm of Morgan and Morgan.

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