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Bud Chiles running for governor as Independent

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Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, the son of the late Florida governor who walked the state to deliver his message to voters, announced Thursday he was running for governor as an independent and spurning corporate cash.

“The political parties are not the solution. They are part of a system that pits big money against big money,” he told reporters in Tallahassee. “I won’t play that game.”

Chiles said he would not accept party or corporate dollars and would limit individual contributions to $250, saying that freedom from big donors would allow him to make bolder environmental and educational reforms.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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