We will continue to do our best to provide you with the resources you need to be an informed voter. But for now here’s a little about our exciting slate of 2018 Democratic candidates:
Andrew Gillum, Candidate for Governor. https://andrewgillum.com/
Bio: Born in Miami, Gillum, 39, is currently the Mayor of Tallahassee. If he wins, he will be the first African-American governor of Florida.
Signature Issues: Education Funding, “Stand Your Ground” Repeal, Economic Equity
Sean Shaw, Candidate for Attorney General. https://seanshaw.com/how-we-win/
Bio: Born in Jacksonville, Shaw, 40, is District 61 (Tampa-area) State House Representative and a former state Insurance Consumer Advocate. His father was the first African-American Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. If elected, Shaw would be the first African-American Attorney General of Florida.
Signature Issues: Medicaid Fraud, Assault Weapons Ban, Investigating Trump
Nikki Fried, Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture. https://nikkifried.com/
Bio: Born in Miami, Fried, 40, is an attorney and lobbyist for the medical marijuana industry. Fried would be first woman elected as Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.
Signature Issues: Medical Marijuana, Algae Bloom Crisis
Jeremy Ring, Candidate for Chief Financial Officer. https://jeremyring.com/
Bio: Born in New Haven, CT, Ring, 48, was a founder of Yahoo and represented District 29 (Boca Raton-area) in the Florida State Senate, 2006-2016.
Signature Issues: State Retirement System, Insurance Rates, Start-Up Economy
Donna Shalala, Candidate for US Congress, District 27.https://donnashalala.com/
Bio: Born in Cleveland, Shalala, 77, has had a long career in public and academic administration, including as Secretary of Health and Human Services (1993-2001) and President of the University of Miami (2001-2015).
Signature Issues: Health Care, Assault Weapons Ban, Immigration Reform
Javier Fernandez, Candidate for Florida House, District 114. https://javierforflorida.com/
Bio: Born in Miami, Fernandez, 43, is a practicing attorney and former chief of staff to the Mayor of the City of Miami. He was elected to this position in a special election in May of 2018, must be re-elected now in order to serve.
Signature Issues: Gun Control, Affordable Housing, Education
Renee Gordon, Candidate for 11th Circuit Court. https://reneegordonforjudge.com/
Bio: Born in Miami, Gordon works as a Miami-Dade County Assistant Public Defender and previously managed the Miami Halfway House, a part of the state Juvenile Justice Program. This is a runoff election. Gordon was in a three-way contest in the August Primary and won a plurality of the votes but failed to win the required 50 percent majority to avoid a runoff.
Signature Issue: Juvenile Justice