DECISION 2018 — CANDIDATE PROFILES

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2018 FLORIDA STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

November 6th:

Governor

Ron DeSantis (R)

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Darcy Richardson (REF)

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Kyle Gibson (NPA)

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Piotr Blass (write-in)

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Andrew Gillum (D)

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Ryan Foley (NPA)

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Bruce Stanley (NPA)

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Hal Johnson (write-in)

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Attorney General

Ashley Moody (R)

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Sean Shaw (D)

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Jeffrey Siskind (NPA)

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Chief Financial Officer

Jimmy Patronis (R)

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Jeremy Ring (D)

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Richard Dembinsky (write-in)

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COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Matt Caldwell (R)

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Nicole "Nikki" Fried (D)

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State Senate - District 8

Keith Perry (R - incumbent)

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Kayser Enneking (D)

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Charles Goston (NPA)

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State Senate - District 12

Dennis Baxley (R - incumbent)

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Gary McKechnie (D)

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Keasha "Kay" Gray (write-in)

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State Senate - District 14

Tommy Wright (R)

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Melissa Martin (D)

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On September 30th, Republican incumbent Dorothy Hukill announced that she would no longer be seeking re-election due to health issues.  Sen. Hukill passed away on October 2nd.  A replacement candidate will be named.  As ballots have already been printed, votes for Hukill will count for the new candidate in the race.

 

 

State Senate - District 22

Kelli Stargel (R - incumbent)

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Bob Doyel (D)

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State House - District 22

Charlie Stone (R - incumbent)

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Bernard Parker (D)

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State House - District 23

Stan McClain (R - incumbent)

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Carl Griffin (D)

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State House - District 24

Paul Renner (R - incumbent)

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Adam Morley (D)

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State House - District 25

Tom Leek (R - incumbent)

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Kathleen Tripp (D)

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Joseph Hannoush (LPF)

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State House - District 26

Elizabeth Fetterhoff (R)

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Patrick Henry (D - incumbent)

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State House - District 27

David Santiago (R - incumbent)

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Carol Lawrence (D)

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State House - District 28

Lee Mangold (D)

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State House - District 29

Scott Plakon (R - incumbent)

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Tracey Kagan (D)

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State House - District 30

Bob Cortes (R - incumbent)

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Joy Goff-Marcil (D)

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State House - District 31

Jennifer Sullivan (R - incumbent)

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Debra Kaplan (D)

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State House - District 32

Anthony Sabatini (R)

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Cynthia Brown (D)

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State House - District 33

Brett Hage (D)

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State House - District 39

Josie Tomkow (R - incumbent)

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Ricky Shirah (D)

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State House - District 42

Mike La Rosa (R - incumbent)

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Barbara Cady (D)

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State House - District 44

Bobby Olszewski (R - incumbent)

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Geraldine Thompson (D)

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State House - District 46

Bruce Antone (D - incumbent)

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Sandra Lewis (write-in candidate)

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State House - District 47

Stockton Reeves (R)

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Anna Eskamani (D)

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State House - District 48

George Chandler (R)

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Amy Mercado (D - incumbent)

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State House - District 49

Carolos Guillermo Smith (D - incumbent)

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State House - District 50

Rene Plasencia (R - incumbent)

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Pam Dirshka (D)

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State House - District 51

Tyler Sirois (R)

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Mike Blake (D)

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State House - District 52

Thad Altman (R - incumbent)

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Seeta Begui (D)

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State House - District 53

Randy Fine (R - incumbent)

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Phil Moore (D)

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Supreme Court Retention - Alan Lawson

Shall Justice Alan Lawson of the Supreme Court be retained in office?

Florida Supreme Court website for Alan Lawson

YES to approve

NO to reject

 

 
Court of Appeal Retention - Eric Eisnaugle

Shall Judge Eric Eisnaugle of the Fifth District Court of Appeals be retained in office?

Fifth District Court of Appeals website for Eric Eisnaugle

YES to approve

NO to reject

 

 
Circuit Judge - 9th Circuit, Group 41

Dean Mosley

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Laura Shaffer

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Amendment 1

Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to increase the homestead exemption by exempting the assessed valuation of homestead property greater than $100,000 and up to $125,000 for all levies other than school district levies. The amendment shall take effect January 1, 2019.

Amendment 1 full text

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Amendment 2

Limitations on Property Tax Assessments

Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to permanently retain provisions currently in effect, which limit property tax assessment increases on specified nonhomestead real property, except for school district taxes, to 10 percent each year. If approved, the amendment removes the scheduled repeal of such provisions in 2019 and shall take effect January 1, 2019. 

Amendment 2 full text

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Amendment 3

Voter Control of Gambling in Florida

This amendment ensures that Florida voters shall have the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling by requiring that in order for casino gambling to be authorized under Florida law, it must be approved by Florida voters pursuant to Article XI, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution. Affects articles X and XI. Defines casino gambling and clarifies that this amendment does not conflict with federal law regarding state/tribal compacts. 

Amendment 3 full text

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Amendment 4

Voting Restoration Amendment

This amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis. 

Amendment 4 full text

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Amendment 5

Supermajority Vote Required to Impose, Authorize, or Raise State Taxes or Fees

Prohibits the legislature from imposing, authorizing, or raising a state tax or fee except through legislation approved by a two-thirds vote of each house of the legislature in a bill containing no other subject. This proposal does not authorize a state tax or fee otherwise prohibited by the Constitution and does not apply to fees or taxes imposed or authorized to be imposed by a county, municipality, school board, or special district. 

Amendment 5 full text

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Amendment 6

Rights of Crime Victims; Judges

Creates constitutional rights for victims of crime; requires courts to facilitate victims’ rights; authorizes victims to enforce their rights throughout criminal and juvenile justice processes. Requires judges and hearing officers to independently interpret statutes and rules rather than deferring to government agency’s interpretation. Raises mandatory retirement age of state justices and judges from seventy to seventy-five years; deletes authorization to complete judicial term if one-half of term has been served by retirement age. 

Amendment 6 full text

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Amendment 7

First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities

Grants mandatory payment of death benefits and waiver of certain educational expenses to qualifying survivors of certain first responders and military members who die performing official duties. Requires supermajority votes by university trustees and state university system board of governors to raise or impose all legislatively authorized fees if law requires approval by those bodies. Establishes existing state college system as constitutional entity; provides governance structure. 

Amendment 7 full text

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Amendment 8

On September 7th, the Florida Supreme Court ordered Amendment 8 removed from the ballot.

Amendment 8 full text

2nd Judicial Circuit Court of Florida ruling

Supreme Court ruling

 

 

Amendment 9

Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces

Prohibits drilling for the exploration or extraction of oil and natural gas beneath all state-owned waters between the mean high water line and the state’s outermost territorial boundaries. Adds use of vapor-generating electronic devices to current prohibition of tobacco smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces with exceptions; permits more restrictive local vapor ordinances. 

Amendment 9 full text

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Amendment 10

State and Local Government Structure and Operation

Requires legislature to retain department of veterans’ affairs. Ensures election of sheriffs, property appraisers, supervisors of elections, tax collectors, and clerks of court in all counties; removes county charters’ ability to abolish, change term, transfer duties, or eliminate election of these offices. Changes annual legislative session commencement date in even- numbered years from March to January; removes legislature’s authorization to fix another date. Creates office of domestic security and counterterrorism within department of law enforcement. 

Amendment 10 full text

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Amendment 11

Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provision; Criminal Statutes

Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights. Removes obsolete language repealed by voters. Deletes provision that amendment of a criminal statute will not affect prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the amendment; retains current provision allowing prosecution of a crime committed before the repeal of a criminal statute. 

Amendment 11 full text

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Amendment 12

Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers

Expands current restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers; creates restrictions on lobbying for compensation by serving public officers and former justices and judges; provides exceptions; prohibits abuse of a public position by public officers and employees to obtain a personal benefit. 

Amendment 12 full text

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Amendment 13

Ends Dog Racing

Phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected. 

Amendment 13 full text

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CANDIDATE PROFILES

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ELECTION CALENDAR:
November 6
- General
 
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