The former state House lawmaker from Tallahassee abandoned her run for state Senate today to enter the race to replace fellow Democrat Alex Sink as the state’s Chief Financial Officer. Ausley had been leading her state Senate opponents in fundraising, but the primary was a tricky three-way race that included a former Leon County schools superintendent and another former state House lawmaker.
Democrats finally have a viable candidate for the CFO cabinet slot. Until now, this was the only race in which Democrats did not have a candidate, oddly, for the only seat currently held by a Democrat. Ausley is now running to replace Alex Sink as she leaves to run for Governor.