MIAMI — Democratic gubernatorial candidates Nan Rich and Charlie Crist will take your questions at a meeting organization by the National Action Network (NAN) of South Florida. Former Gov. Crist will run against former state Sen. Rich in the Democratic primary Aug. 26. One of them will face Republican incumbent Rick Scott in the general election on Nov. 4.
Dubbed the “Black Broadcasters of South Florida Political Action Forum,” the meeting is on Monday, June 30 at 5:45 p.m. at the New Birth Baptist Church, 2300 NW 135th St., Miami. The event is free and open to the public. U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings is the guest speaker and Bishop Victor T. Curry, president of the local chapter of NAN, hosts.
Organizers say this is a way for voters to get to know the candidates’ platform and what they plan to do when elected.
Rich was first elected to the State Senate in 2004 after serving two terms in the House of Representatives. She was the first woman to be elected leader of the Senate Democrats – a position she held from 2010 until she was term-limited in November 2012.
Rich says she is for early childhood education, women’s reproductive rights and supports the gay and lesbian community.
Crist was a Republican governor from 2007-2011. He left his governor’s job to run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate. He later left the Republican Party to be an Independent, and lost the seat to Marco Rubio. He then joined the Democratic Party in 2012. He has also served as the Attorney General, Commissioner of Education and a State Senator.
Crist says he plans to give tax cuts to the middle class, is for medical marijuana and plans to focus on education.
Rich is not expecting to debate Crist, she said. Crist has said he is not even thinking about a debate, only focusing on the people of Florida. Organizers say attendees will have an opportunity ask questions of each gubernatorial candidate, but it is a forum, not a debate.
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