Published July 31 2018
Updated August 3 2018

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


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



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


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

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