Real estate investor
This post is part of our voter guide for the Aug. 28 local and primary elections. Head to the main landing page for a guide to the key races and decisions being made this election.
Gov. Rick Scott can’t run for a third consecutive term, so the race for the next governor of Florida is wide open. The Democratic and Republican primaries have a full slate of diverse candidates, but we chose to focus on the competitive candidates in both races.
Based on the questions you said you had for the candidates, we recapped their stances on the following issues: guns, climate change and the environment, criminal justice, Amendment 4 (aka the Voter Restoration Act, or allowing felons who have completed their sentences to regain their right to vote), and marijuana legalization. The winners of the Republican and Democratic primaries for this seat will face off in the November general election.
Chris is a businessman from Orlando who is running on a progressive platform that focuses on issues like expanding education and healthcare access along with expanding access to affordable housing. He’s emphasized his Christian faith throughout his campaign, which falls in line with his board membership of the Grace Medical Home, a faith-based organization that provides healthcare services to low-income and uninsured residents.
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In addition to supporting a ban on assault-style weapons and supporting universal background checks, Chris has also proposed a tax on ammunition and gun sales to support what he calls the “Every Kid Fund.” He says the fund would support ideas and technology to help solve gun violence issues.
He has mostly spoken in opposition of U.S. Sugar and the industry’s influence on state politics.
Renewable energy: Beyond his critiques of the sugar industry his main policy plan is working to improve the state’s renewable energy standards.
He has stated a goal to cut the state’s mass incarceration numbers in half over the next 10 years. Some of his methods for achieving that include: eliminating private prisons, reforming sentencing policies and decriminalizing marijuana use while also regulating how it’s sold. He also opposes the “Stand Your Ground” law and wants to end the death penalty.
Voter Restoration Act: He supports Amendment 4, allowing felons who have completed their sentences to regain their right to vote.
Medical and recreational marijuana
He supports legalizing recreational use.