Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Opinion

Here are the candidate recommendations from the Tampa Bay Times editorial board for the Aug. 28 primary election. The full recommendations can be found at www.tampabay.com/opinion.

Federal

U.S. House
of Representatives

District 12, Democrats: Chris Hunter

District 13, Republicans: George Buck

District 15, Democrats: Kristen Carlson

District 15, Republicans: Neil Combee

District 16, Democrats: David Shapiro

State

Governor

Republicans: Adam Putnam

Democrats: Gwen Graham

Attorney General

Republicans: Ashley Moody

Democrats: Sean Shaw

Commissioner of Agriculture

Republicans: Denise Grimsley

Democrats: Nikki Fried

Florida Senate

District 16, Republicans: Ed Hooper

District 20, Democrats: Kathy Lewis

District 20, Republicans: Tom Lee

Florida House

District 57, Republicans: Mike Beltran

District 59, Republicans: Joe Wicker

District 61, Democrats: Dianne Hart

District 62, Democrats: Susan Valdes

District 64, Republicans: Terry Power

District 66, Republicans: Nick DiCeglie

District 67, Democrats: Dawn Douglas

District 69, Republicans: Ray Blacklidge

District 70, Open: Wengay Newton

Local

Pinellas-Pasco
Circuit Court Judge

Group 4: Dave Ellis

Group 9: Christine Helinger

Group 36: Doneene Loar

Group 40: Thomas Minkoff

Group 45: Evan Frayman

Pinellas School Board

District 2: Jeff Larsen

District 3: Peggy O’Shea

District 6: Matt Stewart

District 7: Rene Flowers

Pinellas County Commission

District 6, Republicans: Kathleen Peters

Hillsborough
Circuit Court Judge

Group 25: Robin Fuson

Hillsborough County Judge

Group 2: Greg Green

Group 5: Jared Smith

Group 8: Jack Gutman

Hillsborough School Board

District 1: William Henry Person

District 2: Stacy Hahn

District 4: Melissa Snively

District 6: Henry "Shake" Washington

Hillsborough County Commission

District 2, Republicans: Ken Hagan

District 5, Democrats: Mariella Smith

District 5, Republicans: Victor Crist

District 7, Democrats: Kimberly Overman

District 7, Republicans: Aakash Patel

Comments
Editorial: Habitat for Humanity still has questions to answer about selling mortgages

Editorial: Habitat for Humanity still has questions to answer about selling mortgages

A good reputation can vanish overnight, which is why Habitat for Humanity of Hills-borough County made a smart decision by announcing it would seek to buy back 12 mortgages it sold to a Tampa company with a history of flipping properties. The arrange...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Editorial: Why stand your ground has to go

Editorial: Why stand your ground has to go

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe made a reasonable decision to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter in last month’s deadly Clearwater convenience store parking lot confrontation. The shooting, which erupted over use of a handicap parkin...
Published: 08/13/18
Editorial: Politics aside, arguments are clear for moving appellate court to Tampa

Editorial: Politics aside, arguments are clear for moving appellate court to Tampa

It’s time to re-establish a permanent home for the state appeals court that serves the Tampa Bay region.It makes sense to put it in Tampa, the same as it made sense 30 years ago when the court’s operations began moving piece by piece up Interstate 4 ...
Published: 08/09/18
Updated: 08/10/18
Editorial: A big first step toward improving transportation in Hillsborough

Editorial: A big first step toward improving transportation in Hillsborough

The Hillsborough County transit referendum that has made the November ballot is significantly stronger than two efforts that failed to reach the end zone in the past decade. The one-cent sales surtax would generate enough money to meaningfully improv...
Published: 08/09/18
Editorial: Bondi should stop fighting smokable medicial marijuana

Editorial: Bondi should stop fighting smokable medicial marijuana

The fight for medical marijuana in Florida should have ended with the resounding 2016 vote authorizing it in the state Constitution. Instead, the battle for access drags on, with Attorney General Pam Bondi waging the latest round in a lengthy legal b...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/10/18
Editorial: Warning signs of a mental health crisis in Florida

Editorial: Warning signs of a mental health crisis in Florida

They reach from South Florida to Tampa, from a high school to a college campus, from troubled kids to troubled parents. But there is a common thread connecting these tragedies: Florida has a mental health crisis. Addressing it would require spending ...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/10/18
Editorial: Time to pursue or sink ferry to MacDill

Editorial: Time to pursue or sink ferry to MacDill

A proposal to use local money to ferry workers to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa always has been a questionable idea. The loss of nearly $5 million in federal money toward the project makes it all the more suspect. It’s time the ferry supporters off...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/10/18
Blood on the streets of Chicago

Blood on the streets of Chicago

A hot summer weekend, when Chicago should be at its most livable, brings an undercurrent of dread and horror to this city. Summer is block party season, beach season, baseball season. But in some neighborhoods, summer is killing season — when armed g...
Published: 08/07/18
Updated: 08/10/18
Editorial: FDA should not penalize premium cigars

Editorial: FDA should not penalize premium cigars

A well-meaning but poorly designed effort to keep tobacco from children could sink a niche industry and end Tampa’s fabled history as a cigar-making capital. The Food and Drug Administration needs to recognize not all tobacco products are alike...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/13/18
Editorial: New St. Petersburg Pier spot for Echelman art better, not perfect

Editorial: New St. Petersburg Pier spot for Echelman art better, not perfect

The St. Petersburg City Council has listened to the concerns of constituents and forged a compromise on where to install a signature public art piece in the new Pier District. Plans had called for an imposing aerial net sculpture to soar above Spa Be...
Published: 08/06/18
Updated: 08/07/18