Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will announce his Grand Old Party (GOP) candidacy in the 2016 election June 15.
Jeb, the son of former President George H. W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush, is the third member of the family to run for presidential office.
Jackie Hadley, a program manager for health administration at the Florida State Capitol, said she likes Bush.
“I think it is kind of cool that we personally know, have met and touched two people possibly that are running for president,” she said. “He’s the kind of governor you used to see all the time. I think he would do a better job than his brother.”
Bush will inaugurate his campaign at the largest college in Florida, Miami Dade College Kendall Campus.
On Thursday morning, Bush wrote, “Coming soon…” on his Twitter page to hint he was running for president.
Sen. David Simmons, R-Tallahassee, said he thinks it is great Bush is running for president.
“I believe that any of the Republicans that we might choose to be the nominee and ultimately the president will turn the country around,” Simmons said. “They’ll turn it around in the right direction.”
Bush’s Twitter page is linked to his website -“jebannouncement.com”- where supporters can register to attend the campaigning event.
There are more than a dozen candidates running for president in the 2016 election year.
Another Floridian running in the election is Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is competing with Bush for the opportunity to represent the GOP.
Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, said the idea of Bush running for president is a scare to him and should be a scare to the United States.
“I wasn’t supportive of Gov. Bush when he ran for governor in ’98, I wasn’t a fan or supportive of Gov. Bush when he ran in 2002,” Bullard stated. “Some of the things he passed here in Florida, whether it was the expansion of the FCAT or the end of affirmative action, which resulted in a complete drop in a number of African American students at the university system.”
Bush has revealed little information on his plans in the 2016 election, but is already receiving backlash.
“Everyone needs to keep a keen eye out for Gov. Bush as a presidential candidate because he may talk a good game, but his actions have resulted in some real problems for the African American community here in Florida,” Bullard said.