Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam files to run for governor

Last Updated: Monday, May 01, 2017, 3:27 PM EDT

The field for Florida governor grew by one Monday, as Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam filed to run.

  • Adam Putnam files paperwork for gubernatorial run
  • He is first major Republican to file
  • Candidates lining up to replace current Gov. Rick Scott

Candidates are vying to fill the seat that will be vacated by Gov. Rick Scott because of term limits.

Putnam served five terms in Congress and was first elected to the Legislature when he was 22.

He is the first major Republican to file.

Putnam became agriculture commissioner in 2010.

The 42-year-old is from Bartow in Polk County and comes from a family of ranchers and citrus growers.

Democrats running include Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando businessman Chris King.

Gillum made his announcement March 1. King made his announcement two days later.