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Reports: Rep. Ron DeSantis considers run for governor

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Republican congressman in his third term representing St. Johns and Flagler counties is said to be considering a run for governor of Florida, according to reports from Politico and other news sources.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and political consultant Brad Herold were seen in Tallahassee Monday feeling out party officials and business leaders.

“I appreciate the encouragement I’ve received about the 2018 governor’s race. I’m considering how I can make a difference and will decide my plans by the fall,” DeSantis said in a written statement to the Palm Beach Post.

Republican Adam Putnam has already built a $10 million war chest for his 2018 governor’s race. House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Sen. Jack Latvala are also said to be considering GOP bids.

DeSantis was a favorite of national conservative groups when he ran for a Florida U.S. Senate seat before bowing out of the race when Sen. Marco Rubio dropped out of the presidential race and decided to seek re-election.

As of April, DeSantis had $1.7 million in his congressional campaign account, money that could be transferred to a gubernatorial race. DeSantis has sponsored a term-limits resolution that would cap U.S. House members at three terms.

Herold, who managed DeSantis’s 2016 campaign, told the Post that he and the congressman visited trade associations and business groups in Tallahassee.