Mail-in ballots started arriving in mailboxes in Florida and candidates for governor and senator have started hitting the trail rallying votes. Where can you spot hopefuls for the highest offices in the Sunshine State this weekend?
Democrat Jeff Greene, a Palm Beach billionaire, today launches his “Fighting For Florida” statewide bus tour in his bid for governor. “This tour is as much about listening to voters as it is about them hearing from me,” he says. “I look forward to continuing the conversations we’ve started in communities across the state as we fight for a better future for Florida.” He’ll also be giving away backpacks for the back-to-school season.
Saturday, Greene starts in Palm Beach County and will end up in Orange County, where he will campaign Sunday as well.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, in his re-election effort, today will kick off a “100 Days to Election Day Weekend of Action” in Casselberry, rallying volunteers along with U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy at a Nelson’s Neighbor’s canvassing event in Seminole County. Then the Democratic senator on Saturday evening will speak at Orange County Democrats’ Kennedy King Gala in Orlando at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.
Republican candidates for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, will attend the Republican Party of Sarasota County’s Primary Election Grassroots Straw Poll at Robarts Arena in Sarasota. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gov. Rick Scott, who is challenging Nelson this year for his Senate seat, will also attend the event.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine, a former Miami Beach Mayor, will spend his afternoon and evening in the Orlando area, first meeting with the 32BJ, a local union chapter of the SEUI FL representing workers at Orlando International Airport. He’s appropriately meeting curbside at Terminal B around 2:15 p.m. Then he also heads to the Buena Vista Palace Hilton for the Orange County Democratic Gala at 8:15 p.m.
Democrat Chris King’s gubernatorial campaign will hold a canvassing event in Orlando from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, on Sunday will attend a town hall on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, organized by the Upper Pinellas County Ministerial Alliance following to death of Markeis McGlockton. Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter and NAACP Clearwater/Upper Pinellas Branch President Marva McWhite will also attend the 4 p.m. event at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Clearwater.
Darcy Richardson, the Reform Party nominee for governor, will be in Williston today for an AARP-sponsored event, “The Engaged Electorate Forum,” at noon. Following that, he heads to a candidate forum held by the Dunnellon Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion.
This post will be updated with information from campaigns as it becomes available.