The endorsements for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates

Before registered Democratic voters make their choice for the party’s nomination in August, here’s who’s on whose side.

Election workers set up voting booths at an early voting site established by the City of Orlando and the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center, the home arena of the Magic, on October 15, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.

Election workers set up voting booths at an early voting site established by the City of Orlando and the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center, the home arena of the Magic, on October 15, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Incumbent GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis has no Republican competition, but Florida Democrats will have to make a choice in the state's August primary for governor – and the candidates hope that some prominent thumbs-ups will sway voters’ minds. 

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried each have a coterie of high-profile supporters willing to put their name where their vote is. 

The following endorsements were gathered from news reports and from the individual campaigns:

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist delivers a speech Jan. 26 during a press conference in Orlando. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Charlie Crist

Organization: Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club, Florida Chapter of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Federation of Government Employees, United Food and Commercial Workers 1625, Communication Workers of America, Democratic Public Education Caucus of Florida (DPECF), Democratic Disability Caucus of Florida, anti-pollution group VoteWater, South Florida Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board, Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board, Miami Herald Editorial Board, Palm Beach Post Editorial Board, Florida Immigrant Coalition Votes (FLIC Votes), Sarasota Herald-Tribune Editorial Board, Florida Conservation Voters.  

Public figures: Gainesville City Commissioner Cynthia Chestnut, Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, state Rep. Yvonne Hayes Hinson, Deputy Mayor Kenny Johnson, Coral Springs City Commissioner Nancy Metayer, North Lauderdale Commissioner Samson Borgelin, Dania Beach City Commissioner Lauren Odman, former Coconut Creek Commissioner Lou Sarbone, Davie Councilmember Marlon Luis, Margate Vice Mayor Anthony Caggiano, Lauderhill City Commissioner Ray Martin, Coral Springs City Commissioner Shawn Cerra, Tamarac Vice Mayor Mike Gelin, Plantation City Councilmember Denise Horland, Broward County Commissioner Tim Ryan, Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen, Broward County Commissioner Steve Geller, former Attorney General Bob Butterworth, former Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, former Hollywood Mayor Mara Giulianti, former Oakland Park Mayor John Adornato, former Weston Mayor Dan Stermer, former state Sen. Perry Thurston, Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, Dania Beach Mayor Tamara James,  Lauderhill Mayor Ken Thurston, Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton, North Lauderdale Mayor Ana Ziade, Margate City Commission Arlene Schwartz, Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin, Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers, Deerfield Beach Mayor Bill Ganz,  Davie Mayor Judy Paul, West Park Mayor Felicia Brunson, Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook, Coconut Creek Mayor Becky Tooley, State Attorney Harold Pryor, state Rep. Marie Woodson, Coral Springs Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons, Davie Vice Mayor Caryl Hattan, former Jacksonville Councilman Garrett Dennis, Jacksonville Councilman Reggie Gaffney, Jacksonville Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson, former state Sen. Tony Hill, former state Rep. Terry Fields, state Rep. Tracie Davis, state Sen. and former Senate Democratic Leader Audrey Gibson, Gadsden County Commissioner Brenda Holt, Gadsden County Commissioner Eric Hinson, former Tampa City Councilwoman Gwen Miller, Councilman Luis Viera Councilman Joe Citro, former CFO Alex Sink, former Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller, former Councilman Mike Suarez, former state Sen. and Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner, Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez, Hillsborough County School Board member Karen Perez, state Rep. Fentrice Driskell, state Rep. Susan Valdes, state Rep. Dianne Hart, former state Rep. Sean Shaw, Fort Myers Councilwoman Teresa Watkins-Brown, Leon County Clerk of Courts Gwen Marshall, Tallahassee City Commissioner Curtis Richardson, Tallahassee City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox, Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor, former Tallahassee Mayor Dorothy Inman-Johnson, former Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho, Greenville Mayor Brittni Brown, North Miami City Clerk Vanessa Joseph, North Miami Beach Commissioner McKenzie Fleurimond, North Miami Beach Commissioner Daniela Jean, North Miami Beach Commissioner Paulie Villard, former Surfside Town Commissioner Dan Gielchinsky, Bay Harbor Islands Councilmember Stephanie Bruder, Bay Harbor Islands Councilmember Robert Yaffe, Miami Springs Councilman Victor Vazquez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, former Chief of Police of El Portal David Magnusson, former state Rep. Robert Asencio, former state Rep. Annie Betancourt, former North Miami Vice Mayor Jacques Despinosse, former Surfside Vice Mayor Barry Cohen, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, North Bay Village Mayor Brent Latham, Bay Harbor Islands Mayor Josh Fuller, state Rep. Nick Duran, state Rep. Christopher Benjamin, state Rep. Joe Geller, state Rep. Michael Grieco, state Rep. Felicia Robinson, state Sen. Shevrin Jones, North Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Joseph, Key West Mayor Teri Johnston, Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill, Ocoee Commissioner Larry Brinson, former candidate for lieutenant governor Chris King, Osceola Courts Clerk Kelvin Soto, ormer Palm Beach County Commissioner Addie Greene, former Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher, state Sen. Bobby Powell, state Sen. Lori Berman, Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon, state Sen. Tina Polsky, former state Rep. Larry Lee, state Rep. Ben Diamond, Largo Commissioner Eric Gerard, Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard, Largo Mayor-Commissioner Jamie Robinson, Largo Commissioner Michael Smith, St. Pete Beach Commissioner Chris Graus, Gulfport City Councilmember Michael Fridovich, Pinellas County Commissioner Renee Flowers, Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long, Clearwater Councilmember Kathleen Beckman, St. Petersburg City Council member Brandi Gabbard, St. Petersburg City Council member Gina Driscoll, former St. Petersburg City Council member Amy Foster, St. Petersburg City Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, St. Petersburg City Council member Deborah Figgs-Sanders, St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, retired U.S. Rep. Pat Schroeder, state Rep. Michael Gottlieb, state Rep. Travaris McCurdy, former Planned Parenthood for Southwest and Central Florida CEO Barbara Zdravecky, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, state Rep. Anna Eskamani, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Broward County School Board Member Sarah Leonardi. 

Nikki Fried, then a candidate for Florida agriculture commissioner, attends a Jimmy Buffett concert in support of Florida Democratic candidates in West Palm Beach on November 3, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Nikki Fried

Organizations: Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, Florida College Democrats, Jacksonville Young Democrats, Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida. 

Public figures: State Reps. Joseph Casello of Boynton Beach, Kristen Aston Arrington of Osceola, Kelly Skidmore of Boynton Beach, Daisy Morales of Orange County. Former state Reps. Margaret Good of Sarasota, Jennifer Webb of Pinellas, and Cindi Polo of Miami-Dade County. Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington, North Miami City Councilwoman Mary Estimé-Irvin, Oakland Park City Commissioner Dr. Mitch Rosenwald, Palm Beach County Mayor Robert Weinroth, Coconut Creek Vice Mayor Joshua Rydell, Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District Chair Rob Long, former Kissimmee Mayor Jose Alvarez, Broward County School Board member Patricia Good, Palm Beach County School Board member Alexandria Ayala, former DNC member Nikki Barnes, entrepreneur Felice Gorordo, social justice advocate Jasmen Rogers, Parkland shooting victim father Fred Guttenberg, Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell, Florida House candidate Elijah Manley, disability rights advocate Kathy Lewis, former President of the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida Dr. Janelle Christensen, rappers Trick Daddy and Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell. 

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