2018 Democratic Candidates

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Andrew Gillum and Chris King

“We’re going to build an economy that works for everyone, by training workers for good-paying jobs, expanding access to health care and ensuring every Floridian has a fair chance to succeed."  



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U.S. House District 16

David Shapiro

"We can’t afford partisan gridlock driven by career politicians. We need new leaders who will listen to our needs, fight for us, and be willing to work across the aisle to do what is best for our communities."



Oct 23 Debate:  On WWSB TV

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U.S. Senate

Bill Nelson

Since going to the U.S. Senate in 2001, Bill Nelson has fought hard for Florida interests. He has been a champion for protecting Florida's environment and economy,  an unwavering defender of Social Security, and a voice for the state's many veterans.



Florida House District 71

Tracy Pratt

Tracy Pratt is a local attorney, working in public interest law with a focus on civil rights  and legal aid.  She has a deep personal interest in the protection of our environment, public education, the interests of senior citizens, and the eradication of gun violence.



Contact at:  info@votetracypratt.com


Oct 20 Debate: At Univ of South Florida M/S

Oct 22 Debate:    Suncoast Network TV

Florida House District 73

Liv Coleman

 Professor of political science and international studies at the University of Tampa,  “I have a concern about the growing lack of confidence in democracy today.  I think we need government that works for all of us and I think that getting that government is worth the fight."



Contact at:  Info@livcoleman.com


Oct 20 Debate:   Univ of South Florida M/S

Aug 16 Debate:  Manatee Tiger Bay

Florida Attorney General

Sean Michael Shaw

Currently representing Florida House of Representatives District 61.  "We’re going to protect Floridians at every level and we’re going to do what people expect from this office, which is to protect them.” 



Florida Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy Ring

Jeremy Ring is a tech pioneer, lifelong innovator, and committed public servant with a sterling record of accomplishment in business and in the Florida Senate. He is now running to serve as Florida’s next Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in order to expand and modernize our state’s economy.



Commissioner of Agriculture

Nicole "Nikki" Fried

"Tallahassee needs leadership that will actually serve the people of Florida and listen to what the people want." Nikki  Fried will "support Florida farmers and ensure that industry concerns are properly balanced with environmental and consumer protections."



Manatee County Commission - District 2

Reggie Bellamy

Reggie was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida, and holds a BA in Business Administration.  He is a veteran, a coach, and a mentor, having spent spent over 20 years working with the youth of Manatee County.  He  is currently  the Executive Director of the Palmetto Youth Center. 



Manatee County Commission - District 4

Melton Little

Melton is a long-time resident of the county and painfully aware of the issues. "South Manatee County has been ignored long enough.  It's time to play hardball and fight for what our community needs."



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