Charlie Crist to attend Labor Day events in Plant City, Dover

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is spending Labor Day on the campaign trail in Central Florida, attending a pair of events with union supporters to celebrate.

Crist, who faces Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott in November, will honor labor’s contributions to the American workforce beginning 11 a.m. at the Central Florida Federation of Labor’s Labor Day Picnic, Lupton’s Boggy Bottom Ranch, 8407 Lupton Place in Plant City.

Crist will then visit the Plumbers and Pipefitters Labor Day Picnic at 12:30 p.m. located at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 123 Training Center, 3601 North McIntosh Road in Dover.

Crist, a former Republican who has only been a Democrat for about 20 months, received union support in the past. In his unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate run, Crist – an independent at the time — had endorsements from both the Florida Pipe Trades Council and Corrections USA over then-Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek.

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