Can Ron DeSantis run for President in 2024 without resigning as Governor of Florida?
Ron DeSantis has officially filed his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. Can he run for the post without resigning as Florida governor?
Ron DeSantis has joined the presidential race. The current governor of Florida has officially filed his candidacy for the 2024 Republican nomination with the Federal Election Commission.
DeSantis launched his campaign on Wednesday on social media. A Twitter Spaces event had been scheduled with the owner of the social media platform, Elon Musk, to announce his candidacy, but there were some technical glitches that came up due to the more than 400,000 users who logged on.
Florida’s ‘quit to run’ law
A Florida law, known as the resign-to-run rule, required DeSantis to leave his position 10 days before he could file his candidacy for the presidential office.
Under the law, a public official cannot run for another office with a term of service that overlaps the official’s current position without submitting a letter of resignation. After winning the general election last year, DeSantis’ current term ends in 2027.
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However, Florida State Senator Travis Hutson introduced an amendment that sought to change the language of the ‘waiver of run’ law so that the waiver requirement would not apply to “persons seeking the office of President or Vice President of the United States.”
The law was approved by the legislature and on Wednesday was signed by DeSantis, so he no longer has to resign his position while seeking to represent his party in the 2024 presidential elections.
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The candidates for the presidency of the United States in 2024
On April 25, President Joe Biden officially launched his candidacy for re-election in the 2024 presidential election. In addition to Biden, two other Democrats, author and spiritual advisor, Marianne Williamson, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., have officially announced that they will seek the presidency.
Meanwhile, in addition to DeSantis, four Republicans have entered the race, including former President Donald Trump, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
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