Fla. Dems say they are making a “major announcement” about CFO race … hello, Allie Braswell?

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The Florida Democratic Party is teasing reporters this morning that it will make a major announcement concerning the 2014 race for Chief Financial Officer.

That major announcement is the entrance of Allie Braswell, president and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League (CFUL), into the race. 

“I’m not a politician. But what we’re getting out of politician Jeff Atwater is a go-along to get-along style that is hurting Floridians. Under his watch, billions in no-bid contracts have been given away and people with insider connections are getting rich off taxpayer money,” said Braswell via Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

According to several published biographies, Braswell has led the CFUL since February 2010. He is a member of the National Urban League’s Housing Taskforce and Jobs Taskforce.

Braswell has been active in his local community through his membership on several local advisory boards, including Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, MyRegion.org Executive Advisory Board and most recently, the Pine Hills Neighborhood Improvement District.

Braswell is also a recent graduate of the Orange County Bar Association’s Inaugural Leadership Law class and Orange County Public Schools’ Leadership Orange. Braswell is also a proud member of the General Daniel “Chappie” James Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. in recognition of his commitment and service to the Central Florida community.

As president and CEO of the Central Florida Urban League, Braswell is responsible for leading the efforts to maintain and grow the extensive network of educational, cultural and community partners and alliances that embrace and articulate the organization’s goals. He is responsible for the overall management of the agency as well as overseeing the implementation of policies and procedures issued by the CFUL’s Board of Directors and the National Urban League of which CFUL is an affiliate.

Allie Braswell is also a proud military veteran, having served 13 years in the United States Marine Corps. He continues his service to the country, and our region as a US Army Reserve Ambassador, and most recently was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Center for Minority Veterans by the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veteran Affairs. His support and endorsement of many civic and charitable endeavors has earned him additional recognition from community leaders and organizations nationwide.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.