2018 governor's race

Longtime Jacksonville Political Strategist Susie Wiles Takes Over Desantis Campaign

Sep 28, 2018
Jacksonville Daily Record

On her way Thursday morning to meet with the Ron DeSantis gubernatorial campaign in Orlando, Republican strategist Susie Wiles said she was ready to dive in a day after the former North Florida congressman asked her to join.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis will likely dominate the airways up until the November election, but there are other options, including Jacksonville’s own Darcy Richardson.

About a quarter of Florida's nearly $90 billion state budget pays for public schools. The Democrats running for governor say that's not enough.

"We can never spend enough," former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine said during the first gubernatorial primary debate in April. His opponents for the Democratic nomination largely agree.

On the Republican side, the candidates have focused more on career training as their education priority.

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of Emergency Aug. 13 for seven southwest Florida counties currently impacted by a lingering toxic red tide algae bloom crisis. The bloom, which has persisted since last fall, now stretches some 150 miles between Naples and Anna Maria Island and appears to be moving north.

Gillum talking to group of people
Andrew Gillum, Democrat, for Governor

This is one of a series of profiles on the major candidates for Florida governor that we're running through the Aug. 28 primary election. 

Jane Fonda. Alec Baldwin. Tom Steyer. George Soros. Norman Lear.

The star-studded endorsements Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has snagged in his quest to become Florida’s first black governor go on and on, capped by progressive patriarch U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Whoever becomes the state's next governor will inherit a transportation system bogged down by crowded roads and a lack of mass transit options.

Democrat Jeff Greene’s campaign bus pulled up to Jacksonville’s Northwestern Middle School a few weeks ahead of the start of school. The Palm Beach billionaire came to the low-income area to give backpacks to kids.

In Forum At JU, Democratic Governor Hopefuls Stick To Their Talking Points

Aug 10, 2018
Sam Bogle

The five Democrats running to become Florida’s next governor stuck to their talking points and had no chance to clash in a low-key town hall Thursday in Jacksonville.

Our Friday First Coast Connect Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Charles Griggs and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski.

Our topics included,

  • Mayor Lenny Curry presenting his budget to the Jacksonville City council with an emphasis on public safety, libraries and infrastructure improvements.

U.S. House of Representatives / VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham will be looking to shore up support from Jacksonville Democrats this evening.

Policy Matters: Adam Putnam

Apr 26, 2018

Hosted by Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, this quarterly program examines issues ranging from taxes to downtown redevelopment.

This week, Rick was joined by Florida Agricultural Commissioner and Republican candidate for Florida Governor Adam Putnam.

Policy Matters is not a production of WJCT News.

Putnam Leads Money Chase In March For Governor's Race

Apr 12, 2018
Via News Service of Florida

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continues to dominate the fundraising field in the 2018 race for governor, reporting his campaign’s best monthly total of $2.28 million in March.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Philip Levine said Tuesday his experience as a two-term former Miami Beach mayor and a successful entrepreneur gives him an advantage over his competitors to become the next governor of Florida.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Miami Beach Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Philip Levine (01:03).

Ahead of this week’s One Spark festival we spoke with Board Chairman Peter Rummell and Florida Blue Market President Darnell Smith (31:38).

We talked to Bob Boyd, counsel for the Professional Education Network of Florida (PEN), about HB 7055 which was recently signed into law by Governor Rick Scott  (46:00).    

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for Florida Governor Andrew Gillum said his life and elected experience makes him the most qualified candidate running for the position.

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