Hillsborough County Democrat Ryan C. Torrens has opened a campaign account to run for attorney general in 2018, becoming the first Democrat to take the initial step toward trying to succeed term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi, according to the state Division of Elections website.
Torrens joined Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, as the first candidates to emerge for the race. Fant formally launched his campaign after the legislative session ended this month.
Also in recent days, Melbourne Republican Robert White and Miami Republican David Andrew Adams opened accounts to run next year for governor. Gov. Rick Scott cannot seek another term and is widely expected to run for U.S. Senate.