Charlie Crist surrogates preach GOTV gospel at ‘Revive the Vote’ events
Karla Hernández, Crist’s running mate, spoke at at Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church in Key West. Image via Twitter.

Democrats aim to encourage voters just as early voting begins around the state.

Democrat Charlie Crist’s campaign held a series of events intended to drive turnout ahead as early voting starts. The “Revive the Vote” gatherings, held in church settings, served as a chance for campaign surrogates in minority communities to proselytize on the importance of defeating incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Karla Hernández, Crist’s running mate, said the events marked a chance to speak to voters in important settings. She gathered in Key West with voters at Cornish Memorial AME Zion Church.

“As a woman of faith, speaking with the attendees was extremely meaningful,” Hernández tweeted. “Thank you to Pastor Rochelle Pearson-McEntyre for the warm welcome.”

The timing of the events is important as well. For most Floridians, the opportunity to vote in-person before Election Day launched on Monday. All counties will hold early voting from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5. But Election Supervisors can open the option as early as Oct. 24, and in most major counties, voters are voting in-person.

Early voting has begun in Alachua, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, DeSoto, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Hendry, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jefferson, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie and Taylor counties.

Besides Hernández, other surrogates for the Crist campaign took to pulpits around the state. Sen. Shevrin Jones, a Miami Gardens Democrat, brought the message in South Florida, as did Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam. Rep. Travaris McCurdy spoke in Central Florida, as did Orlando City Commissioners Bakari Burns and Regina Hill. Rep. Tracie Davis spread the word in Jacksonville.

In total, the revival events took place in 15 churches across Florida on Sunday. The hope is that by promoting souls to the polls events in the next 16 days, Crist will overcome intimidating odds and be the first Democrat elected to the Governor’s mansion since 1994.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Charlie Crist

    October 24, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Hey, if you want grifters like Rick Scott and Neo Nazis like DeSantis running the state then have at it. I’ll be here if you need me! Here when your grandkids can’t afford housing because they’ve been grifted to a husk by some charlatan like Trump.

  • David In Shoreline

    October 24, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Makes sense to campaign in churches – after all Crist’s campaign needs divine intervention to be successful. Luckily, the Big Guy endorsed Ron DeSantis when Governor DeSantis refused to lock down churches during the pandemic.

    • Charlie Crist

      October 24, 2022 at 10:31 am

      I don’t really care if I win the election so long as I get a chance to humiliate and embarrass Ron DeSantis in front of millions of people tonight. The guy panders to deplorables and the people who grift them to a husk. He’s a shill for the rich and incites far right terrorism…supported biggest election thief in American history yet has election police? The dude is nuts!

  • PeterH

    October 24, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……

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