TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Former Democratic Gov. Reubin O. Askew announced his candidacy Monday for the Senate seat of Lawton Chiles.
Askew, 59, an Orlando lawyer, emerged from a weekend of seclusion with his wife, Donna Lou, and close friends to confirm he will run for the Senate to replace Chiles, a Democrat, who announced his retirement last week.
Rep. Daniel A. Mica (D-Fla.) has also announced his candidacy. Rep. Connie Mack is the only announced Republican candidate.
Askew was governor from 1971 to 1979, and briefly sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984.