In our attempt at making an informed decision we have gone to most candidate’s websites, researched the Orlando Sentinel and the Orlando Weekly and Watermark, and attended numerous events where the candidates appeared. Some of the organizations we consulted (Florida Tax Watch, Log Cabin Republicans, Florida Conservation Voters, etc.) have not offered recommendations on this year’s Florida Primary ballot while others provided useful information we were able to glean some direction from - including Save Our State, the Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus, Florida AFSCME, Florida AFL-CIO, Equality Florida Action PAC, the Humane Society Legislative Fund Scorecard, etc.
There are races not included in this guide and in most cases that implies we could not select with confidence one candidate over another in that particular race.
At Michael Wanzie’s invitation we spent much time and research to present this. We guarantee you that this research is not myopic nor single issue oriented. This research is about how we can best move our community(ies) forward with consideration in all aspects.
Every registered voter has received a Sample Ballot in the mail and we recommend selecting your candidates first and highlighting them on your sample ballot and taking that with you to the polls as your guide – plus this can help assure you don’t mistakenly overlook a candidate and fail to vote for someone you intended to.
Voting is a civic duty not to be taken lightly. We are fortunate to live in a democratic society in which we have an equal voice in selecting our leaders and on Tuesday, August 28th we will again have the opportunity to make our voices heard.
See you at the polls !
U.S. House (Dist. 7) Stephanie Murphy
U.S. House (Dist. 9) Darren Soto
U.S. House (Dist. 10) Val Demings
Florida Governor Chris King
NOTE: While Graham, Gillum, and Levine are all qualified candidates in their own right, each sharing with Chris King many of the same objectives for our state - We support Chris King due to his differing stances on affordable housing, college tuition, "big sugar", and the death penalty.
Florida Attorney General Sean Shaw
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Roy David Walker
State House (Dist. 47) Anna V. Eskamani
State House (Dist. 48) Amy Mercado
State House (Dist. 49) Carlos Guillermo Smith
Circuit Judge (Group 15) Jeff Ashton
Circuit Judge (Group 24) Adam Pollack
Circuit Judge (Group 26) Tom Young
Circuit Judge (Group 41) Laura Shaffer
County Judge (Group 11) Adam McGinnis
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings
Orange County School Board Chair Nancy Robbinson
Orange County School Board Member (Dist. 6) Karen Castor Dentel
Orange County School Board Question: YES
Orange County Commission (Dist. 2) Patricia Rumph
Orange County Commission (Dist. 3) Eric Rollings
Osceola County Commission (Dist. 4) Cheryl Grieb
Seminole County Commission (Dist. 2) Katrina Shadix
Seminole County Commission (Dist. 4) Joe Durso
Citruus County School Board (Dist. 5) Adam York
Re-Elect Jeff Triplett - Mayor os Sandford!
*Jeff Horn is a community activist, former candidate for Orlando City Council, and veteran volunteer of over 40 political campaigns. Horn is the founder of the Orange Blossom Tennis Association and co-founder (w/ Terry Deischer) of Delta Youth Alliance and the Genesis Community Program (w/ Daisy Lynum). Horn served 10 consecutive terms as President of the Board of Directors of St. Francis House Homeless Shelter and currently serves in the capacity of Coordinated Entry System Tenant Based Rental Assistance Liaison at Homeless Services Network of Central Florida (who claims no part in these endorsements).
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