From the Capitol

Candidates running for office at the local, state and federal level have less than five weeks to convey their messages until the general election on November 6th.

Both gubernatorial candidates announced their lieutenant governor picks by the required September 6th deadline. Republican nominee, Congressman Ron DeSantis, chose House Pro Tempore Jeanette Nuñez and Democratic nominee, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, selected Orlando businessman and previous gubernatorial candidate Chris King. Several debates have been scheduled for the Governor’s race and U.S. Senate race. If interested, mark your calendar for a CNN debate between the gubernatorial candidates on October 21 at 8 p.m. It will be moderated by CNN anchor Jake Tapper.  An October 24th debate in Davie will be sponsored by Leadership Florida and Florida Public Radio. The campaigns are still negotiating other debate opportunities with Telemundo, CBS and Fox News.

Incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Governor Rick Scott will debate on Telemundo on October 2nd in Miami and on CNN on October 16th.

The two candidates vying to become Florida next agriculture commissioner, Republican state Representative Matt Caldwell and Democrat Nikki Fried, have agreed to a debate on October 21st. The debate will be hosted by the CBS Miami show “Facing South Florida” and will be live-streamed by the station on its webpage and its Facebook page.

Campaigns for the other Cabinet offices (Chief Financial Officer and Attorney General) have yet to announce any joint debates or forums.