August 28th Pt 1 - FLORIDA!
Updated: Sep 7, 2018
It's time for the mother of all swing states, and my home state, Florida! And oohhhhh so much is happening there this year, and this primary is VERY important. Let's dive right in!
Governor: The horrible Rick Scott is thankfully term-limited, so everyone in Florida is running to replace him. 7 Dems are running. Emily's List has endorsed former Rep Gwen Graham (who is the daughter of the very popular former Governor and Senator Bob Graham) and she has an excellent progressive platform and prior government experience. My 2nd choice would be Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum who is also running on a strong progressive platform and has elected experience. The rest of the candidates are pretty much white guy businessmen, and I have just had enough of those.
There are also active primaries for Attorney General and Agriculture Commissioner. I would go with Sean Shaw for AG. Agriculture Commissioner is a surprisingly powerful office in FL, with influence over tons of environmental issues but also gun permits and consumer protection. R. David Walker would be my choice as a biologist focusing on environmental issues, but Nikki Fried is also an option as a strong supporter of legalizing marijuana. However, Ms Fried is a lobbyist by trade, which might make it easy to paint her negatively in the general, though it does mean she is more experienced in campaigning.
In the Senate, Bill Nelson is unopposed and needs to be re-elected in November for us to have any hope of retaking the Senate! We'll get back to him later this year. (Full disclosure, I was an intern for Senator Nelson back in 2004).
In the House, Dems are hoping FL will be a veritable slaughter of vulnerable Republican incumbents.
FL3 (Gainesville, Ocala, SW Jax suburbs): This is the district I used to vote in when I went to school at UF (go Gators!), it used to be a solid Dem district but the borders were changed and now its R+9. Time to take it back! 3 Dems are running, my choice is Yvonne Hayes-Hinson, a former teacher and Gville City Commissioner.
FL6 (Daytona Beach, St Augustine, Deltona): an open seat because DeSantis is running for governor. I would go with Nancy Soderberg, a former Deputy NSA, who is also the Emily's List candidate.
FL12 (New Port Richey, north of Tampa): 3 white dudes running here, Robert Tager would be my first choice, followed by Stephen Perenich. Was not a fan of Chris Hunter.
FL15 (eastern burbs of Tampa, Lakeland): Kristen Carlson is the Emily's List endorsed candidate for this open seat.
FL16 (Sarasota and Bradenton): 2 Dems running here. Jan Schneider has more progressive positions, but she seems a little kooky and has lost 4 times. David Shapiro is more polished, and though his positions are super bland and moderate, he is a fresh face so I would give the solid edge to him.
FL18 (East coast Ft Pierce to Palm Beach): 2 Dem ladies are running here, both of them qualified and with excellent positions, I couldn't really pick!
FL26 (South Miami and the Keys): A Republican in a D+6 district, this is gonna be a big one! Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is the Emily's List endorsed candidate in this race.
FL27 (Miami and Miami Beach): What's better than a Republican in a D+6 district? An OPEN SEAT in a D+5 district! Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala is the Emily's List endorsed candidate in the race. Though do yourself a favor and check out Kristen Rosen Gonzalez's issues page.
At the state level, half of the Florida Senate is up. There has been redistricting, and Dems need to win 5 seats to take control!
SD8 (Gainesville): Kayser Enneking is the Emily's List endorsed candidate to flip this seat.
SD20 (Brandon): 2 Dem ladies are running to flip this seat.
SD22 (Lakeland): 2 Dem gentlemen are running to flip this seat.
SD30 (Palm Beach): The Dem incumbent has a challenger.
SD34 (Broward county): The Dem incumbent has a challenger.
SD36 (Hialeah): 2 Dems are running to flip this open seat.
SD38 (Miami): The Dem incumbent has a challenger.
ALL 120 House seats are up for re-election, and Republicans currently have way more seats than they proportionately should. About a quarter of them have active primaries, which is too much for me to list them all, so here are some highlights!
There is a challenge to the Dem incumbent in HD14 (Jax), HD26 (Daytona Beach), HD70 (St Pete), HD87 (West Palm Beach), HD92 (Lauderdale Lakes), HD96 (Pompano Beach), HD97 (Coral Springs), and HD108 (Miami). So check out your rep and see if you have any reason to dump them for someone new.
HD1 (Pensacola): 2 Dems running to flip this open seat.
HD21 (Newberry): 2 Dems running to challenge the Republican.
HD27 (Deltona): 2 Dems running to challenge the Republican.
HD29 (Longwood): 2 Dems running to challenge the Republican.
HD30 (Altamonte Springs): Joy Goff-Marcil is the Emily's List endorsed candidate to take on the Republican incumbent.
HD32 (Lake county): 2 Dems running to flip this open seat.
HD44 (Winter Garden): 2 Dems running to challenge the Republican.
HD53 (Melbourne Beach): 2 Dems running to challenge the Republican.
HD55 (Avon Park): 2 Dems running to challenge the Republican.
HD61 (Tampa): 4 Dems are running to fill the open safe Dem seat so THIS IS THE GENERAL
HD62 (Tampa): 3 Dems are running to fill the open safe Dem seat so THIS IS THE GENERAL
HD67 (Clearwater): 2 Dems running to challenge the Republican.
HD76 (Estero): 2 Dems running to challenge the Republican.
HD81 (Palm Beach): 2 Dems are running to fill the open safe Dem seat so THIS IS THE GENERAL
HD84 (Port St Lucie): 4 Dems are running to fill the open safe Dem seat so THIS IS THE GENERAL
HD89 (Delray Beach): 2 Dems running to flip this open seat.
HD98 (Platation): 5 Dems are running to fill the open safe Dem seat so THIS IS THE GENERAL
HD103 (Hialeah): 2 Dems running to flip this open seat.
HD105 (Miami): 2 Dems running to flip this open seat.
HD109 (Miami): 2 Dems are running to fill the open safe Dem seat so THIS IS THE GENERAL
HD113 (Miami Beach): Deede Weithorn is the Emily's List endorsed candidate to hold this open seat. THIS IS THE GENERAL.
HD115 (Miami): 2 Dems running to flip this open seat.
There are also several municipal races for county commissioner etc, check them out here
There is also a race in SW Florida for State's Attorney in the 20th Circuit. The race is between 2 Republicans, but
All eyes are gonna be on FL this November, so now is the time to pick the candidates you really want to go the distance! #beavoter