About 300 people turned out last weekend for the opening of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s new campaign office in Liberty City.
Crist, a former Republican governor who later switched parties, is likely to face incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the November election.
Crist “knows where he came from and he will help the people,” said Renita Holmes, a community activist, at the May 17 opening. “As you can see, the black community welcomes him back.”
Organizers said they had to move Crist’s speech outdoors because of the large turnout.
“Education is the key,” said Crist, as he addressed a crowd in front of a mural of President Barack Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “My grandfather, Adam Cristodoulos, immigrated to this country from Greece in 1912. He had a dream about coming to this place called America. He also understood the importance of education.”
Aside from education, Crist also drew praise for his views on healthcare and restoring the civil rights of convicted felons.
“Everybody deserves a second chance,” Crist said.
The Liberty City office is at 6211 NW Seventh Ave. Crist opened a separate campaign office, earlier in the day, at 2206 SW Eighth St. in Little Havana.