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Florida Governor (Republican): Yinka Abosede Adeshina, Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder, Rick Scott

Governor | Republican

Rick Scott hopes to be the second Republican in Florida history to serve consecutive four-year terms as governor. (Jeb Bush was elected in 1998 and 2002.) Scott must first capture his party's nomination against two obscure opponents, and he is favored to win the Aug. 26 primary, thanks to incumbency, name recognition and a TV advertising campaign already approaching $20 million. This race could reveal any anti-Scott sentiment among Florida's most motivated Republican voters.


Yinka Abosede Adeshina, 42



Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder, 60



Rick Scott, 61



Experience As a mother of twin sons, one of whom has autism, she is focused on health care and, in particular, helping teenage mothers, according to her campaign website. Candidate for Sarasota County School Board, 2004; candidate for state House of Representatives, 2006; founder, Puerto Rican Chambers of Commerce for Sarasota and Manatee counties, 2007 Governor, 2011-present; chief executive, Columbia/HCA Hospital Corp., 1989-97; U.S. Navy, 1970-72
Education Wayne State University, 1997 Ramon Villa Mayo High School, Puerto Rico, 1970 Bachelor's in business administration, University of Missouri Kansas City, 1975; law degree, Southern Methodist University, 1978
Accept federal money for Medicaid



No response Yes. "I would have taken the money. Those are our tax dollars, too." Yes. "While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost, I cannot in good conscience deny Floridians that needed access to health care."
Accept federal money for high-speed rail? No response Yes. "When the federal government has our money, that is our money. We deserve to have every penny of it." No. "This project would be far too costly to taxpayers, and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits."
Legalize medical use of marijuana? No response No. "I believe that hemp can do the same thing just as well and can add a lot of jobs in the state of Florida." No. "Having seen the terrible effects of alcohol and drug abuse firsthand, I cannot endorse sending Florida down this path, and I would personally vote against it."
Legalize same-sex marriage? No response No. "I believe strongly that marriage should be between a man and a woman. That has to be protected because we're guaranteeing the future of generations, and two men or two women can't make babies. What people do in private is their business." No. "The voters of this state passed a constitutional amendment, so we have traditional marriage by our Constitution ... I don't want anybody discriminated against, and I'll be surprised if a court will overturn the will of the people."
Increase minimum wage to $10.10 per hour? No response Yes. "I have seen so many people in Florida who are working part-time jobs for minimum wage. They have to have two or three part-time jobs to survive." No. "When I hear a politician say that we have to raise the minimum wage so working families can make ends meet, I cringe because I know that statement is a lie."
Assets Checking account, $8,000 Sarasota home, $320,000 RLSI-CSP Capital Partners, $43.9 million; Naples home, $13.1 million; cash and cash equivalents, $12.1 million
Liabilities None reported Mortgage, $24,000 None reported
Net worth None reported $351,000 $132.7 million
Personal Lives in Tallahassee; married to Tony; two children Lives in Sarasota; married to William; three children; two grandchildren Lives in Naples; married to Frances Annette (Ann) Scott; two children; three grandchildren
Website yinkaadeshinafor


Note: Adeshina did not respond to five emails and phone messages. State records show that she was notified three times in July for being delinquent in filing campaign finance reports. Scott's campaign provided written responses but would not let the Times trim them for print. (The Times reserves the right to edit all responses.) Read them at His comments above are from past statements. (Sources: Associated Press, WPTV, Times)

About the job: The governor is Florida's most influential elected official, with broad executive powers to declare emergencies, sign death warrants and appoint judges and hundreds of other high-level officials. The governor appoints the directors of most state agencies, serves as commander in chief of state military forces and has line-item veto power over spending decisions by the Legislature. The annual salary is $130,273. Scott does not accept a salary.

Florida Governor (Republican): Yinka Abosede Adeshina, Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder, Rick Scott 08/14/14 [Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:18pm]
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