Published: Oct 16, 2010 8:20 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 16, 2010 5:20 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Florida's next chief financial officer will take charge during one of the rockiest times in the state's financial history.
But the race between Republican Jeff Atwater and Democrat Loranne Ausley for the state's second-most powerful office has gotten little attention.
Atwater is the state Senate's president and he promises to be a fiscal hawk if elected. He says his banking background makes him perfect for the job.

Ausley is a former state representative and an attorney. She says Atwater is part of the state capitol network that requires contractors to hire lobbyists if they want to get jobs. She says she will change that culture.
Current CFO Alex Sink is the Democratic nominee for governor.