Charlie Crist and Gwen Graham open field offices Saturday on opposite ends of Florida

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It was a busy day on the Florida campaign trail on Saturday as Democrats Charlie Crist and Gwen Graham each opened field offices on opposite sides of the state.

Former Governor Crist is looking to win back his old job, this time as a Democrat against incumbent Gov. Rick Scott. Graham, daughter of former governor and Sen. Bob Graham, faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland for North Florida’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

On Saturday, Crist attended two separate events, starting the day at 10:30 a.m. for the grand opening of the Little Havana field office, which is located at 2206 SW 8th Street. He then went north to the Liberty City neighborhood, to open a second office at 12:30 p.m., located at 6211 NW 7th Avenue.

“We’re especially excited to open these Miami offices on the heels of more than fifty successful house parties across the state this week,” said Crist campaign manager Omar Khan. “This campaign operation is all about field and data, and we’re giving people in Miami-Dade County the tools they need to be a part of this movement.”

Hundreds of miles away, Graham continued her grassroots effort in Panama City, where about 60 friends and supporters gathered at the Tallahassee Democrat’s new field office 647 Jenks Avenue, Suite B-1, Panama City.

“My campaign is focused on getting people back to work, putting more money into their pockets, and creating an economy that reflects our North Florida values,” Graham said to the crowd. “I believe that the only way to do that is to create an economy that is built it from the middle out, not the top down.”

Bay County is a key region in Graham’s bid for CD 2, which includes Tallahassee through Panama City and the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle. The new field office will be a staging area for volunteer efforts in the area.

“We are running a campaign from Bay County to Madison County, and everywhere in between,” said Graham Campaign Manager Julia Woodward. “We will be working to identify every voter who shares Gwen’s vision of economic growth and commitment to commonsense solutions.”

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