The following Democrats are running for Florida state seats:
The following list of potential and declared candidates is unofficial. It will be updated after the candidate filing deadline has passed and the official list of candidates becomes available.
Florida State Senate
Gary McKechnie for Florida State Senate – D – District 12
Having traveled extensively across the United States as an author, educator, and business owner, I’ve seen firsthand that we are far more alike than politicians lead us to believe. So while registered as a proud ‘Harry Truman’ Democrat, I am running as an American — and as a Floridian. It is a civic responsibility and a moral obligation to give back when I have been given so much. But this isn’t my race alone. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents would agree it is our shared responsibility to find common ground and create a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”Here are issues that can help us achieve that goal together.
Robert “Bob” Doyle for Florida State Senate – D – District 22
“Tallahassee is broken. We need a new leader who puts YOU first. I volunteer!”
Bob Doyel served nearly 16 years as a Florida circuit court judge, mostly in family court. He received awards and commendations from the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, three different Florida Supreme Court chief justices, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for his work as a family and domestic violence court judge.
His career is deeply influenced by his upbringing. The youngest of ten kids. Bob was abandoned before birth by his father. He was born in the only bedroom of a tiny home that had no running water, plumbing, electricity or gas and was raised by a single, loving mom who taught him life’s values: Honesty, Hard Work, Taking care of those who can’t take care of themselves, Equality for all people.
The first in his family to go to college, he earned four college degrees, including a doctorate (SJD) in constitutional law. He went on to become a law school professor, board certified trial and appellate lawyer and a judge. Bob Doyel served as an officer in the Navy and he is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Bob is running to oppose a Tallahassee that is filled with career politicians that want to strip local governments of their ability to serve people: and to oppose a Tallahassee that consistently ignores the needs of a 21st-century economy.
Florida State House
Debra Kaplan for Florida State House – D – District 31
You can count on me to work to protect our environment and I will back policies that support that every citizen has access to affordable, quality health care. I will only support legislation that meets the needs of every student and provides the resources that they need to succeed. I will fight to make sure that you and your family are safe, workers are protected and able to earn a fair wage and that the rights of all the citizens are protected.
I know it’s a big job but I’ve prepared my whole life to take this on.
Sheryl Cohn for Florida State House – D – District 32
Dr. Cohn is running for Florida State House of Representatives District 32. She has lived in Clermont since 2002 and currently teaches students with Autism at Groveland Elementary School. She’s also an Author, screenwriter, musical theatre director & playwright. You may also know her as WDW MK Mickey Mouse character attendant “Sher.” Dr. Cohn is a former UCF Lake County student teacher internship coordinator. She is very proud to say that many of her students went on to become Lake County Teachers of the Year and school administrators
Cynthia Brown for Florida State House – D – District 32
Cynthia is a resident of Groveland where she is a full-time rancher. Her decades-long career showed her ability to work with members of both parties, putting America first with her legislative accomplishments. As the former President of the American Shipbuilding Association, she is an experienced public speaker and has testified numerous times before U.S. House and Senate Committees. She has the work ethic, experience and passion to fight for Florida’s future. Cynthia is the only candidate with a proven track record of using her fierce independence, putting partisan politics aside. As your State House Representative, she is ready to take on partisan Tallahassee politics by putting Florida First and District 32 as her priority.
Oren Miller for Florida State House – D – District 33
I’m running for The Florida House of Representatives because this has been the least productive legislative session in 21 years. Their priorities are not the priorities of Floridians. I will write and work to pass legislation that makes it safe for our children and grandchildren to go to school in Florida, where they can get a top-notch education. We need to attract industry to our region with good paying jobs with the opportunity for advancement. As the industry grows, so will tax revenues and our local economy. I will write legislation requiring each county to end High Kill animal shelters.
We need legislators with the courage to withstand the corporate graft and corruption that plagues our government. I’m running to be your representative because I have that courage.
We need to put Florida back to work – the people and the legislature!
Florida Attorney General
Ryan Torrens for Florida Attorney General – D
I am running to be your lawyer, the people’s lawyer. I have taken a commitment to refuse any contributions from Wall Street for this reason. How much justice you get should not depend on how much money you have. I will not hesitate to stand up to the special interests and to enforce our laws against any violators, whether it be an individual criminal or a wealthy corporation.
I hope to offer our people something different. I will say what I mean and mean what I say. What I say in Room 1 will be the same thing I say in Room 2. You may not agree with me on everything, but at least you will know that I am sincere. And another thing – I’m a fighter. And I want to fight for you.
Sean Shaw for Florida Attorney General – D
Sean Shaw is a proven fighter for the people of Florida. As the state’s Insurance Consumer Advocate, Sean was an independent watchdog for the public — working to protect consumers from price gouging and insurance fraud. As an attorney in private practice, Sean has fought for victims of the BP Oil Spill. In the State Legislature, Sean has continued to fight for consumers, and championed equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Sean will use the full force of the Attorney General’s office to fight the organized crime and corporate criminals who prey on Florida’s most vulnerable. As Attorney General, Sean will put the people of Florida first.
Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Jeremy Ring for Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – D
Jeremy Ring is running to serve as Florida’s next Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in order to expand and modernize our state’s economy, grow high-paying jobs, protect Florida’s retirement system and ensure that insurance rates remain stable for working families. Jeremy’s dynamic and expansive background has equipped him with a unique perspective on the issues we face as well as the skills necessary to set Florida on the path toward a bright and prosperous future.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
David Walker for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture – D
“I want to put working people back in charge in Tallahassee. It’s up to us to conserve and protect our environment from special interests, ensure food safety for the public, and increase protections for consumers in the Sunshine State. Let’s grow Florida together.”
As Commissioner of Agriculture, R. David will work to protect and conserve our environment, protect consumer interests, maintain higher standards for food and nutrition, and support the Second Amendment.
Jeff Porter for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture – D
Mayor Porter was born in Homestead and moved to Mississippi when he was ten years old. He returned to Homestead when he was 19 and attended Miami Dade College. He lives in the villages of Homestead with his wife Cindy, with whom he has been married for over 19 years. He was the Vice-President of Mitchell Hardware in Homestead, where he was employed for over twenty years. He is the owner and president of World Wide Supply Solutions in Homestead, a supplier of building materials, which he founded ten years ago.