Former Circuit Judge Henry Davis (D) filed to run for governor last week.
He said in an interview on Monday he planned to run on a platform of helping the poor, partially by backing “universal school vouchers.”
Davis: “The current governor and the state legislature seem to be focused on everything except the interests of poor people.”
He said he’ll launch a website later this week in hopes of building support for his campaign.
Davis: “I’m not wealthy. I can’t self-finance a campaign.” (Hotline reporting)
“Davis is a former administrative judge for the Juvenile Division of the Fourth Circuit Court in Florida. He was appointed … by” former Gov. Lawton Chiles (D) “in 1992. He did not file for re-election in 2016 and retired at the end of the year.” (Ballotpedia)
MONEY TALKS. State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s (R) Florida Grown committee “raised more than $300,000 during the first 10 days of March, according to the committee’s website.” (News4Jax)
GILLUM TALKS. “In his first appearance in Tampa since officially declaring his candidacy for Governor, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) said the Democratic Party can win back the Governor’s Mansion next year if it convinces the voters of Florida that it can make an impact in changing their lives for the better. … [H]e spoke to the progressive caucus’ language by saying that the Democrats wouldn’t win in 2018 by being ‘Republican lite.’”
Gillum: “When our issues on the ballot, absent the candidate’s name, people agree with us! They stand with us! So what is the disconnect? … I believe we can win by leaning into our values and not running away from them.” (Florida Politics)
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