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Former Judge Files to Run as Democrat

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Zach C. Cohen
March 20, 2017, 11:10 a.m.

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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