SUN SENTINEL: Democratic governor candidates (minus one) facing off in debates including tonight in Miramar

Sun Sentinel: Written by Anthony Man. June 10, 2018.

Florida’s Democratic primary voters are about to get a chance to evaluate their party’s gubernatorial candidates in a series of debates.

Well, most of the candidates.

Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee; Gwen Graham, a former congresswoman; Chris King, a Winter Park businessman; and Philip Levine, the former mayor of Miami Beach, were on stage Saturday evening in Largo and will debate again Monday evening in Miramar.

Jeff Greene, who filed paperwork June 1 indicating his candidacy, won’t be participating.

Tonight’s debate, at the Miramar Cultural Center, is sponsored by a range of Democratic constituency groups from the progressive wing of the party: Service Employees International Union, Dream Defenders Action Fund, Florida Immigration Coalition Votes, New Florida Majority, Organize Florida, Florida Planned Parenthood’s political action committee and Color of Change.

Those organizations distributed more than 750 tickets, which could produce a different kind of audience than the political insiders and major donors who often get debate seats.

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