Candidate on a ‘mission’ challenges Scott for GOP primary

A Republican activist and founder of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and self-described “maverick” has filed to challenge Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.

Elizabeth Cuevas Neunder
Elizabeth Cuevas Neunder

Elizabeth Cuevas Neunder, 59, of Sarasota says her status as a Spanish-speaking conservative, advocate for Puerto Rican trade and mother of three make her a candidate to watch.

She’s undaunted by the prospect of challenging a sitting governor in a Republican state, even one who spent $70 million in his campaign in 2010.

“You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have the charisma,” voters can look elsewhere, she said.

“There have been many sitting governors that have been defeated,” she said. “I think I do have a mission.”

Two men, Timothy Devine of Kissimmee  and Dr. Joe Smith of Wellington, have also filed. Neither has reported any campaign financial activitiy.

Scott hasn’t officially filed for re-election yet.




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