The following Democrats are running for Florida state seats:
Andrew Gillum for Florida Governor-D
Andrew Gillum is running for Governor to rebuild Florida into a state that works for all of us. He knows everyone deserves good-paying jobs so they can support their families. He wants to protect and expand Floridians’ access to quality, affordable healthcare, especially people with pre-existing conditions. He knows we need to strengthen our public schools and end the culture of high-stakes testing.
As Governor, he will fight against the special interests that are standing in the way of taking real action on climate change, and he will always ensure Florida is a welcoming and safe place for everyone, no matter where they come from, who they love or how they identify.
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” Doyel 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.
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
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
Nicole “Nikki” Fried for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture – D
Nikki isn’t a politician. She’s a lifelong Floridian, lifelong Democrat, attorney, and passionate activist. She is a fighter and has been known for her ability to bring people of all parties and backgrounds together for a greater cause. Nicole “Nikki” Fried was born and raised in Miami, and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a law degree. At UF, she served as student body president, the first woman to hold the position in nearly two decades prior. Nikki worked for the Alachua County Public Defender’s office after law school, where she was the head of the Felony Division. In private practice, Nikki defended homeowners against foreclosure during the 2007-2008 housing crisis, fighting big banks to keep families from evictions. Nikki currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.