Republican gubernatorial candidate and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is kicking off his 2018 campaign with a rally in his hometown Bartow Wednesday, followed by a bus tour that will take him to 22 cities in 10 days.

Putnam, who entered the race May 1 – and is the only major Republican to file thus far – will be presenting his campaign kickoff speech in Bartow, outlining his vision for the future of Florida.

That speech will be at the Old Polk County Courthouse in downtown Bartow, at 11 a.m., followed by a campaign barbecue celebration, provided by his independent political committee, Florida Grown.

Democrats have three candidates thus far, former state Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, Winter Park businessman Chris King, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

The following day Putnam hits the road, visiting Dover, Tampa, Clearwater and Sarasota on Thursday.

On Friday he’ll be in Naples and Fort Myers.

On Saturday the Putnam tour will hit Sebring and Okeechobee.

There will be no campaign events on Sunday. On Monday Putnam will visit Riviera Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.

On May 16 he will be in Vero Beach, Merritt Island, and Altamonte Springs.

On May 17 the Putnam tour will visit The Villages and Jacksonville Beach.

On May 18, he will be in Fernandina Beach and Panama City.

On May 19, he’ll be in Pensacola, Destin, and Graceville.

And Putnam will wrap up his bus tour May 20 in O’Brien.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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