Florida Democratic Candidates for Governor Debated Last Night in Broward

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2018

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Florida Democratic Candidates for Governor Debated Last Night in Broward

(MIRAMAR, Fl) – Last night, the contenders for the Florida governorship debated and discussed a plethora of issues, including the housing crisis, access to abortion, wage theft, climate change and driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. All four candidates: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham, Chris King, and former Mayor of
Miami Beach Philip Levine debated in Miramar, just 30 miles from the Broward Detention Center – the second largest privately-owned detention facility in the country debated on some of the issues affecting Floridians the most.

On mass incarcerations and the criminal justice system, King had the following to say:
“Florida leads the nation in locking people up. Since 2005, rates of mass incarceration have doubled… We need to end private prisons, and invest a billion dollars in education.”

The following is statement by Phillip Levine, Democratic Candidate for Governor:
“We have to invest in environmental resiliency. We need a chief environmental officer, regional officer and regional resilience officer.

On women’s access to abortion services and healthcare, Graham – the only woman on the forum, had the following to say:
“It’s time we have a woman at the table to talk women’s issues. It’s time we have healthcare for women

The debate was moderated by The PBS NewsHour’s and Miami Native Yamiche Alcindor and WLRN Public Media’s Luis Hernandez and was hosted by a coalition of advocacy groups including SEIU Florida State Council, Dream Defenders Action Fund, Florida Immigration Coalition (FLIC) Votes, New Florida Majority, Organize Florida, Florida Planned Parenthood PAC, and Color of Change PAC.

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