Democrats have been locked out of the Florida Governor’s Mansion for 20 years. The party’s last occupant was the venerable Lawton Chiles. Two straight losses to Rick Scott, arguably the most unpopular governor in the state’s modern history, was the low point.
With that backdrop, the editorial page editors of The Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald collaborated to interview the top five Democratic gubernatorial candidates facing off in the Aug. 28 primary election.
Each candidate – Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine, Orlando businessman Chris King, Palm Beach County real estate investor Jeff Greene and former Congresswoman Gwen Graham – spent an hour, separately, with the panel.
(Republican candidates Adam Putnam, Florida Agriculture commissioner, and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, declined to be interviewed.)