Orlando Sentenial: South Florida businessman William Rankin to run for state CFO as Democrat

Scott Powers / Central Florida Political Pulse

US Army Veteran and businessman William Rankin of Fort Lauderdale announced today he is running for the Democratic nomination for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer against incumbent Republican Jeff Atwater.

He’s the only Democrat running for that job so far, now that the Florida Democratic Party’s pick, Allie Braswell had to drop out two days after he announced.

Rankin made his announcement independent of the party, with a late-night e-mail blast Tuesday night.

He’s 53, and his announcement and website say he’s a businessman though they are vague about the businesses or what he’s been doing lately.

His past experience includes 11 years in the Army during which he was a special agent in the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, investigating economic/white collar crimes and government contract fraud, and conducting surveys on government agencies to reduce fraud, waste and abuse. He also spent time in the Ohio Treasurer’s office overseeing that state’s $120 billion Public Funds Trust.

He claims no previous political experience, though his campaign website, rankin4cfo.com does note that he was former cirector of the Florida State Census Committee, managing Florida’s statewide census campaign and coordinated efforts for the 2000 Census.

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