WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — Democratic gubernatorial candidates faced off in debate on Thursday to address key issues concerning Floridians.
Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King and Philip Levine, all five Democratic Party candidates took part in the debate called “The Race for Governor.”
It aired on WFGX-TV Thursday night and originated from WPBF 25 in West Palm Beach.
The candidates tackled several topics including Stand Your Ground, stopping toxins from flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Gulf Streams and even gun issues.
When asked how they would address funding for the public school systems, teachers wages and if school administrators should be armed, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said we should pay our teachers what they are worth and he proposes a $1 billion investment within our school systems.
All the candidates stated they would put more money into the education system and proposed a plan on where the money would come from to support their proposals.
Affordable housing and minimum wages were also key topics which were addressed.
Gwen Graham, a former Congresswoman and the only female candidate on the panel, said she would increase the minimum wages to $15 an hour and discussed how she would welcome campaign support from former President Clinton and others who would support her getting elected to governor.
All candidates stated they will not push for tax increases in the state of Florida.
Chris King said he wants to work for the people of Florida and use the revenue the state receives to avoid tax increases.
WFGX-TV will also carry a GOP gubernatorial debate which will originate from Jacksonville University and WJXT this Wednesday, August 8th from 7 p.m. -8 p.m. Two candidates, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, will square off at JU’s Terry Concert Hall next week.
WEAR-TV / WFGX-TV is excited to partner with JJXT and WPBF to carry the debates.
It is an opportunity for WEAR-TV / WFGX-TV to provide a venue for our viewers to hear the important issues from each candidate.