John Ellis Bush, commonly known as Jeb Bush, formally announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, June 15, 2015. The former governor of Florida made his announcement while speaking on the Miami Dade Community College campus in Kendall, Florida.
Bush first announced that he would be "actively exploring" a run for president in the 2016 election via Facebook in December 2014.
Jeb Bush was the eleventh Republican to announce candidacy for the 2016 nomination. Bush became the front-runner of the Republican candidates immediately after his announcement, but as of July 2015, Bush is battling fellow Republican Donald Trump for the lead. As of July 2015, there are 17 officially announced candidates for the Republican nomination.